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Give the gift of life at the New Year, New Life Blood Drive

Man donating blood at the Red Cross

COLUMBIA, S.C., December 12, 2013— This holiday season, give something that means something. Give blood and help patients in need at the New Year, New Life blood drive sponsored by Hometown Columbia Media (92.1 The Palm, 94.3 The Dude and, WLTX News 19, the South Carolina State Museum, and Salsarita’s of Lexington.

The event will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, aboard two bloodmobiles in front of Salsarita’s, 5135 Sunset Blvd., in Lexington.

All presenting donors will receive a Salsarita's gift certificate, a free general admission ticket to the South Carolina State Museum, and a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt.

Presenting donors will also have a chance to win tickets to see Darius Rucker at Colonial Life Arena on Feb. 21 or a pair of upgraded tickets to the Famously Hot New Year featuring Kool and the Gang and ZZ Ward.

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

The holidays bring families and friends together to share in celebrations and special times of giving. But for families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, the holidays can be difficult. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood for hospital patients in need. 

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 safely 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 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossSC.