WBTW News 13 Invites Viewers to Become a Lifesaver at Winter Blood Drive

January 3, 2013

CONTACTS: Frecia Ammons, 843-995-4555, patricia.ammons@redcross.org (Myrtle Beach)

                      Chasity Humphries, 843-992-4808, chasity.humphries@redcross.org (Florence)                    


Myrtle Beach/Florence, S.C., December 12, 2012 —The American Red Cross and WBTW News 13 invite blood donors to become a lifesaver to patients in need at the WBTW News 13 winter blood drive 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the following locations:


Grand Strand Regional Medical Center HealthFinders

Coastal Grand Mall

2000 Coastal Grand Circle

Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Magnolia Mall Sears Court

2701 David H McLeod Blvd.

Florence, S.C.


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


All presenting donors will receive a long sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt and will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store through the Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion.


Winter weather and busy schedules can keep many donors away during this time of year, causing collections to suffer. However, the demand for blood and platelets remains constant. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood and 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.


The 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 demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  




How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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. 


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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.