WBTW News 13 partners with American Red Cross for fall blood drive

September 5, 2014

News Release

Media contact: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood               redcrossblood.org

                        Frecia Ammons, 843-995-4555


WBTW News 13 partners with American Red Cross

for fall blood drive

Drive offers donors a new ‘do when they help save a life


MYRTLE BEACH and FLORENCE, S.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — Just in time for fall, WBTW News 13 is teaming up with the American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts to show donors that “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good.”

Presenting donors at the blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 17, will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips and a Red Cross T-shirt. Moreover, donors will take with them the gratification of knowing they have helped save up to three lives.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Magnolia Mall (Belk Court), 2701 David McLeod Blvd., in Florence; and HealthFinders at Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, in Myrtle Beach.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WBTW or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.

Eligible donors are invited to give hope to patients in need by rolling up a sleeve and donating lifesaving blood. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.


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 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.


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.