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Count on 2 News and Y102.5 invite area residents to attend the Perfect Gift blood drive

Man donating blood at the Red Cross

CHARLESTON, S.C., December 10, 2013—This holiday season, give something that means something. Give blood and help save a life at the Perfect Gift blood drive sponsored by Count on 2 News, Y102.5 and the American Red Cross. The event will take place 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, December 27, at the following locations.

Omar Shrine Center
176 Patriots Point St.
Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Summerville Baptist Church
417 Central Ave.
Summerville, S.C.

West Ashley American Red Cross
2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29407

All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt plus complimentary refreshments from Chick-fil-A,, Dunkin’ Donuts, Raising Cane's Chicken, and Starbucks, while supplies last. Plus, the first 50 presenting donors will receive a ticket to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park.

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.

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 @RedCross.