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Red Cross Holds Blockbuster Blood Drive

Colege boy donating blood at the Red Cross

CHARLESTON S.C., April 30, 2014 – American Red Cross, ABC News 4, 98 Rock and The Bridge 105.5 invite blood donors to the Blockbuster Blood Drive 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

The event will take place at Northwoods Mall (side court near Dillards), 2150 Northwoods Blvd., in Charleston and at Citadel Mall (center court by JCPenney), 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., in Charleston. All presenting donors will receive a free movie pass to Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant, a box of Girl Scout cookies and a Red Cross T-shirt.

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ABCNEWS4 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 

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 for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

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.