“Count on WIS” blood drive offers donors opportunity to live a story, give a story

August 12, 2013

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, jamie.muldrow@redcross.org, 803-251-6034 (office),

803-446-7743 (cell), Twitter: @SCRedCrossBlood


COLUMBIA, S.C., Aug. 12, 2013— What if you could give someone a summer of stories? With the Red Cross, you can.


This summer, live a story and give a story by donating blood at the “Count on WIS” blood drive

 Tuesday, Aug. 27. The event kicks off at 7 a.m. at the WIS studios on the corner of Bull and Gervais Streets. At 11 a.m., the Red Cross will start collecting blood at the following other three sites:


Dutch Square Center

421 Bush River Road, Columbia


PLEX Indoor Sports

741 Fashion Dr. (Village at Sandhill), Columbia


Sumter Civic Center

700 W. Liberty St., Sumter


The blood drive will end at 7 p.m. at all four sites.

Magic 98.5 FM has partnered with the Red Cross and WIS as a co-sponsor of the blood drive and will broadcast live noon-2 p.m. from PLEX Indoor Sports.

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: WIS or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.


All presenting donors will have a chance to win lunch with members of the WIS News 10 team plus attend a live noon broadcast at the WIS studios. In addition, donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt.


By donating blood this summer you help the Red Cross ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood they need so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals.  Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and platelets can be donated every seven days or up to 24 times a year.  Most healthy people age 17 and older or 16 with parental consent who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets.  Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.




How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. 



About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.