Count on 2 News, Y102.5 and the American Red Cross Invite Blood Donors to Give the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season

December 21, 2012

CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393,



Charleston, S.C., Dec. 3, 2012 –This holiday season, give the perfect gift. Give blood! Join us for the Perfect Gift blood drive sponsored by Count on 2 News, Y102.5 and the American Red Cross 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at the following locations:


Omar Shrine Center

176 Patriots Point St.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.


Summerville Baptist Church

417 Central Ave.

Summerville, S.C.


American Red Cross West Ashley Donation Center

2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Charleston, SC


All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card through the Red Cross “Give Something That Means Something” promotion.


In addition, donors will be treated to complimentary refreshments from Chick-fil-A, Ben & Jerry’s, Dunkin Donuts, Raising Cain’s Chicken, and Starbucks, while supplies last.


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


The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate.


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.


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