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Summer Blood Drive kicks off at Coastal Grand Mall

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, now is your chance to help. WMBF News is teaming up with The American Red Cross for the summer blood drive.

Volunteers are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions, according to the Red Cross, so, that's why you are in such high demand.

If you’re unsure about heading out to the Coastal Grand Mall, or think you may not have the time, let Tymia McCullough, change your mind.

Tymia is only 9-years-old, Miss. South Carolina, and has dreams of being a model and a pediatrician. She has so much at her little fingertips, but her future, lies in your hands.

Tymia may look like just a typical kid, but with Sickle Cell Type Anemia, she goes through a lot.

“To watch your child be normal, play, have fun, go to school, and then she could just be playing outside and just fall,” her mother Susie Pitts said. “It just puts her in severe pain, it hurts her very bad, and from there we just have to go to the hospital to get it taken care of if the medication at home isn’t working.”

She’s already had more than 32 blood transfusions, but her mother says each one, saves her life.

“I’ve seen her go from her normal color to pale and when that blood transfusion action actually is in transit, it brings her back, brings my daughter back to life,” Pitts said. “If people just spare, just a moment of their time, to give some of their blood that their body is generating means a life to a person that has Sickle Cell Anemia.”

“I just thank the people that come here, it saves a life like me or other children and I’m just so thankful,” McCullough said.

Head out to the Red Cross Summer Blood Drive, for Tymia, and donate blood. Each one of your donations, can save three lives.

The Summer Blood Drive is Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

It will be at the Coastal Grand Mall near Grand Strand Medical Center Health Finders, so you can park near Dillard's.

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-Shirt, a box of Girl Scout Cookies, while supplies last, and of course, the opportunity to save a life.

Tune into WMBF News from 4-6:30 p.m. for live coverage with Meteorologist Marla Branson.

You are welcome to show up and give your donation, or you can make an appointment on the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or the website.

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