American Red Cross receives new, lifesaving Bloodmobile
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 22, 2018) — The American Red Cross presented a new Bloodmobile courtesy of a generous donation from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina this morning (2/27).
Representatives from the Red Cross and BlueCross BlueShield attended the event. Local mother Kelly Ellison also shared how the blood donation process impacted her; Ellison desperately needed blood after discovering she had cancer and a rare blood disorder, while seven weeks pregnant.
“Kelly’s story emphasizes why it’s so important to have blood on the shelves, ready to be sent to hospitals almost immediately,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “Without partners like BlueCross, that would be nearly impossible. We are so thankful for their generous donation.”
Bloodmobiles play a crucial roll in the the Red Cross’ donation proceses. A single bloodmobile may collect enough blood to help more than 80,000 patients in its lifespan.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.