‘Be a Hero’ blood drive Aug. 21

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross invite everyone to roll up a sleeve and help save a life at the “Be a Hero” blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point St., Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

All presenting donors will receive a pass to the USS Yorktown and enjoy refreshments from Raising Canes, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and Jimmy John's.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. By donating blood this summer, you help the Red Cross ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood they need, so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.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, driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 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.

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