ABC15 hosts blood drive with the American Red Cross

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UPDATE: 114 units of blood were collected during this drive, 84 in Myrtle Beach and 30 in Florence. Thanks to all who participated!

The American Red Cross and ABC15 are urging eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve!

A summer blood drive is taking place on July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach and Magnolia Mall, 2701 David McLeod Boulevard in Florence.

The Red Cross says summer months are among the most challenging times of year for blood donations because regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in warm-weather activities, so come out and help out!

Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome.

You can schedule an appointment with the Red Cross Blood Donor app, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to and enter sponsor code OBD2018.

All presenting donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Blood donors can also 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 and follow the instructions on the site.

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