Tuesday, July 22, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 21, 2014) — Eligible donors can hit a home run this summer by donating blood and helping save a life at the RiverDog Days of Summer blood drive sponsored by ABC News 4, The Bridge at 105.5, 98 Rock and the Charleston RiverDogs.
The summer months are a challenging time for the Red Cross to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient demand. In June, July and August, an average two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospital patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
The Red Cross is asking all eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and help prevent a summer shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
You can help save lives by attending the RiverDog Days of Summer blood drive on Thursday, July 31, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Boulevard, by the food court and Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
All presenting donors will receive a pair of RiverDogs baseball game tickets and a box of Girl Scouts cookies, courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.
As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. Donors can feel good knowing that by donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross they may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.
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.
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.