Swing into the Red Cross Spring Blood Drive Wednesday

Swing into the Red Cross Spring Blood Drive Wednesday

WMBF News is a proud sponsor of the American red Cross' Spring Blood Drive taking place in Myrtle Beach and Florence on Wednesday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tune in to WMBF News Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. - we'll be live from blood drive locations.

Details on how you can help are in the Red Cross news release below:

Swing into spring with WMBF News and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Help save lives by donating blood for hospital patients

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 15, 2017) — Florence and Myrtle Beach residents can hit a home run for patients by giving blood with WMBF News and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at their spring blood drive. The "Hit a Home Run for Life" blood drive takes place Wednesday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Magnolia Mall in Florence and Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach.

With baseball season just around the corner, the American Red Cross encourages everyday heroes to knock one out of the park for patients in need. Blood can only come from the generosity of volunteer donors, and the need for blood is constant. As a thank you for donating, presenting donors will receive two tickets to a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game, while supplies last.

"The Myrtle Beach Pelicans believe that everyone who donates blood is a hero and are proud to partner on this event, especially if it means that it could help save lives in our community," said Jen Brunson, assistant general manager of community development for the Pelicans.

March also marks Red Cross month, a time when the Red Cross recognizes the heroes who support the Red Cross mission and help those in need in their communities. Blood from donors can help treat accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

The Red Cross has a longstanding partnership with WMBF News to give back to the Myrtle Beach and Florence communities. Since 2009, the Red Cross and WMBF News have collected more than 3,000 pints of blood at blood drives.

"WMBF News is proud to continue to partner with the American Red Cross for blood drives," said Sarah Miles, WMBF News vice president and general manager. "We are committed to providing information to our community and supporting organizations that support our neighbors when there is need.  Thank you to all of the people in The Grand Strand and Pee Dee who give so generously."

To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WMBF. Walk-ins are welcome.

Offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. All presenting donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game in the 2017 season, while supplies last.

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 (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.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.