Red Cross ‘Starve a Vampire’ blood drive underway

FILE (AP)
FILE (AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Halloween is around the corner, and the Red Cross is out for blood.

Donors of all blood types are needed at the “Starve a Vampire” blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Mount Pleasant and Summerville.

Blood donation locations:

  • Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point St. in Mount Pleasant
  • Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Ave. in Summerville

All presenting donors will receive a free ticket to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens while supplies last.

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Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. October is Liver Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood in support of liver and other transplant patients, as well as those fighting cancer.

More than 1.6 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Liver transplants are the second most common type of organ transplant, and more than 7,000 were performed in the U.S. last year. A single liver transplant patient may need more than 30 units of blood during surgery.

Click here to schedule an appointment and download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. Enter sponsor code: bloodblitz. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donors are welcome.

How to donate blood
Make an appointment by going online or calling the Red Cross number listed above.  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.

News 2 is a proud sponsor of the blood drive and 95SX is also a sponsor.

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