Blood Drive Being Held in Honor of “Brave Ben” on Christmas Eve

January 4, 2010

Columbia, S.C.—Three-month-old Ben “Brave Ben” McGinnis was born with several tumors in his chest and received 10 units of blood products in the first few weeks of his life. Through the generosity of blood donors, Ben will celebrate his first Christmas with his family.

Celebrate the holiday season by giving the “Gift of Life” in honor of “Brave Ben” Thursday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. beside the Pizza Hut at Irmo Station, 7467 St. Andrews Road in Irmo. All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross aluminum water bottle, a free order of cinnamon sticks from Pizza Hut, and will be entered to win a pair of Delta Air Lines domestic tickets through the Red Cross “Give Blood & Go!” promotion.

If you are able to, please give blood and think of Ben,” said Ben’s mother, Jacqueline McGinnis. “It truly is the gift of life.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 803-796-7236 or visit and enter sponsor code: BraveBen.

The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and each unit of blood can save up to three lives. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. 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.