American Red Cross and Sumter Police Department Hold Third Annual Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Memorial Blood Drive

May 15, 2013

CONTACTS: Jessica Garrett, 803-622-3857,  

                       Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034,


Sumter, S.C., April 30, 2013 — American Red Cross and the Sumter Police Department will hold the third annual Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Memorial Blood Drive 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St.


Cpl. Charles Richard "Chuck" Nesbitt Jr. served with the Sumter Police Department for 10 years. He was killed in an automobile accident on Highway 521 near Rembert, S.C., on Jan. 21, 2011, while serving in the line of duty.

As a field training officer and mentor, Cpl. Nesbitt was instrumental in the professional development of newly hired officers with the Sumter Police Department. His legacy lives on through his determination to make a difference in the community and his commitment to service above self.

Blood donors are invited to join in a celebration of Cpl. Nesbitt by giving the gift of life in his memory.


Please visit and enter sponsor code: SumterPolice or call Joey Duggan at 803-436-2721 to schedule your donation appointment.


All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt. Donors will also be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Only 3 percent do. Will you?” promotion.


The demand for blood remains constant. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood they need to make a full recovery.


The 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 demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  




How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


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 or join our blog at