COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 28, 2014—The American Red Cross wrapped up the fourth annual Columbia Lifesavers blood drive with 248 pints of blood collected, bringing the four-year event total to more than 1,150 pints of blood.
Considering each pint of blood has the potential to help three people, it’s possible more than 700 patients will be helped by the blood that was donated at this year’s event.
Mayor Steve Benjamin, the City of Columbia, and the Red Cross S.C. Blood Services Region Board of Directors joined forces for this year’s drive in an effort to raise community awareness about the need for blood for hospital patients undergoing cancer treatments, lifesaving surgeries, and emergency care related to accidents and trauma.
The event was held 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the upstairs lobby of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.
“We offer our heartfelt thanks to Mayor Benjamin, the City of Columbia, and the South Carolina Region Board of Directors for continuing the tradition of the Columbia Lifesavers blood drive and helping raise awareness in the Columbia community about the need for blood,” stated Ryan Corcoran, S.C. Blood Services Region Chief Executive Officer. “Thank you so much to the incredible donors who rolled up a sleeve and became a lifesaver to patients in need.”
If you were unable to participate in the Columbia Lifesavers blood drive, but would like more information about giving blood or would like to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation opportunity in your area.
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.