Your blood donations could help 500 people

Donor Matt Harris gives blood at Coastal Grand Mall at the NewsChannel 15 blood drive

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who donated blood at the semi annual NewsChannel 15 Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday.

We collected 128 units of blood at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach and 45 units at Magnolia Mall in Florence.

Each unit of blood can be divided into three components, which could help three different people.

The wait was long at times because of the overwhelming response, so if you had to leave before donating or did not get to make it out there, the need is still great. You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment or click here for a link to the American Red Cross.