Red Cross Encourages Donors to Give the ‘Gift of Life’ this Christmas Eve

January 4, 2010

Charleston, S.C.—Want to give a meaningful holiday gift? Give the ‘Gift of Life’ by donating blood this Christmas Eve. The American Red Cross invites donors to give blood at the following locations from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24:

Trident Health Systems 2nd Annual Holiday Blood Drive
Trident Medical Center (aboard the bloodmobile)
9330 Medical Center Drive, North Charleston

Summerville Medical Center (in the classroom next to the cafeteria)
295 Midland Parkway, Summerville

Everyone who presents to donate at either blood drive will get an aluminum Red Cross water bottle and will be entered for a chance to win two Delta Air Lines domestic tickets through the Red Cross “Give Blood & Go!” promotion.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please contact Debbie Flood at 843-509-6487 or

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday 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 height and weight requirements.