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News 2, Q104.5 and Ben & Jerry’s Invite Blood Donors to Give a Pint, Get a Pint at Upcoming Blood Drive

Man donating blood at the Red Cross

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 5, 2014) —The American Red Cross invites you to help save lives this summer and get a sweet treat in return by donating blood at the “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” blood drive sponsored by News 2, Q104.5, and Ben & Jerry’s.

The event will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point St., in Mount Pleasant and Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave., in Summerville.

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from the Charleston area Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops. In addition, all presenting donors will receive a free box of Girl Scout cookies and a Red Cross T-shirt.

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

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

By giving blood or platelets through the American Red Cross, donors will give patients in need hope and a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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. A blood donor card or Dr.r’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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.