Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross team up for the “Be a Hero” blood drive

August 12, 2013

CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393,


Charleston, S.C., Aug. 1, 2013 – Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross invite you to give the gift of life at the “Be a Hero” blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at the following locations:


Omar Shrine Center

176 Patriots Point St.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.


Summerville Baptist Church

417 Central Avenue

Summerville, S.C.


American Red Cross West Ashley Donation Center

2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Charleston, S.C.


All presenting donors will receive a free pass to the USS Yorktown and a box of Girl Scout cookies.


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


Blood is needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant patients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. Each day, the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region needs approximately 500 donors to step forward and give blood.


Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give double red cells. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative blood can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.


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. 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.


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