Red Cross invites donors to ‘Starve a Vampire’ by donating blood

October 10, 2017
 

News 2 and 95SX host blood drive Oct. 24

The American Red Cross, News 2 and 95SX are joining together for the annual ‘Starve a Vampire’ blood drive to kick off the Halloween season. Donors of all blood types are needed Tuesday, Oct. 24, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point St. in Mount Pleasant, or Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave. in Summerville.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Liver Awareness Month. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those needing transfusions during cancer treatment, transplants and surgeries. Eligible donors can help support cancer, organ transplant and other patients by donating blood.

All presenting donors will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $1000 gift card shopping spree, sponsored by GiftCertificates.com.

To schedule an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: bloodblitz, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donors are welcome.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross