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Local residents host third annual Give and Grill blood drive and birthday celebration

College girl donating blood at the Red Cross

NORTH CHARLESTON S.C., May 1, 2014 –The American Red Cross invites you to kick off your summer by attending the third annual Give and Grill blood drive hosted by Charles and Missee Fox. By donating blood, you can give patients in need hope and a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The event will take place 1:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at the Felix C. Davis Community Center in Park Circle, 4800 Park Place East, North Charleston.

This year’s Give and Grill blood drive will feature special guest of honor Harriett Grady "Big Mamma" of Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society fame, who will also be celebrating her birthday. In addition, live music will be provided by Carolina Breeze with dance performances by the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Dancers. Instructors will provide free basic shag lessons.

All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and will be treated to complimentary BBQ and burgers prepared on site by caterer and grill expert Jamie Westendorff.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.giveandgrill.com or call Charles Fox at 843-303-3334. Walk-ins are welcome.

It is often difficult to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs during the summer months when schools are out and many families are on vacation. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

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.