WBTW hosts annual Red Cross blood drive in Myrtle Beach and Florence

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – WBTW is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive Thursday.

Those who wish to donate can visit one of two locations: Beach Church in Fantasy Harbor and Magnolia Mall in Florence. Both locations will be accepting donations from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Every two seconds in the United States a blood donation is needed, and every day 38,000 donations are needed in the country.

Because of the pandemic, blood donations are needed now more than ever. Blood donations can be tested for antibodies that allow you to be a plasma donor for COVID-19 patients. Your plasma could help them fight off the virus.

COVID-19 precautions will be in place throughout the event. In order to donate you must be at least 17-years-old, feeling well and you must weigh at least 110 pounds.

“ We collected 92 [units] in Myrtle Beach, and Florence collected 38,” Meg Heath with the Red Cross said. “So we had a grand total of 130 units. That’s an amazing day.”

News13’s Nicole Boone will be bringing live reports from donations at the Beach Church location on Facebook throughout the day.

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