Columbia Capital Rotary and American Red Cross Partner for 5th Annual Blood Drive
COLUMBIA, SC – July 17, 2012 –The Columbia Capital Rotary and the American Red Cross South Carolina are teaming up for the fifth annual blood drive. The event will be Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. inside the CB Richard Ellis Building at 1333 Main Street in Columbia.
"According to the Red Cross, it is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months," said Capital Rotary President Tommy Phelps. "With schools out and families on vacation, The Capital Rotary Blood Drive comes at an ideal time to boost blood donations."
Capital Rotary has collected a combined 299 pints of blood during its past donation drives. Organizers hope this year will be one of the best yet.
"Our goal this year is to collect 70 pints of blood for the Red Cross. In order to do that, we are going to need the men and women working in the Capital City to come forward and give the gift of life," said Crist Goodwin Floyd, the Club Service Chair.
Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 803-251-6007 or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation and enter sponsor code CAPROTARY. Donors will entered into the American Red Cross' Summer Drawing and are eligible to win a $3,000 prize.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.