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American Red Cross Announces New Hours of Operation for MUSC Donation Center

(Make a Difference)

Beginning January 4
2013-01-07
Barbie Kolar 792-1015 barbie.kolar@redcross.org

The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region announces new hours of operation for its MUSC donation center beginning Friday, January 4.

New schedule effective Friday, Jan. 4:
Monday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 2:00pm

The new schedule will better match donors' preferred times for making whole blood donations and help accommodate those MUSC employees that may work alternative shifts. The American Red Cross blood donor room is located in room 279 of the University Hospital and can be reached at 843-792-1015.

We are truly grateful for your time and willingness to save lives. It is only through the dedication of donors like you that we are able to provide lifesaving blood to our hospital patients.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on special promotions, giveaways, department sponsors, eligibility dates and specific blood types we are in need of at MUSC: http://www.facebook.com/MuscRedCrossDonorRoom

Please also let me know if you would like your department to be a sponsor of the week for the donor room. I'd be happy to send information on how our program works. It's easy and a good way for your department to be involved with the mission of MUSC.

For more information on blood donation and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Red Cross donor recruitment representative Barbie Kolar at barbie.kolar@redcross.org or 843-323-7457.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and platelets can be donated every seven days or up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older or 16 with parental consent who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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