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Published on February 22, 2022

Donate at Tidelands Health blood drive Monday in Pawleys Island

Community members are encouraged to donate during a blood drive Feb. 28 to help replenish blood supplies, which are at low levels locally and nationwide.

A donor squeezes a heart-shaped ball while donating blood.Community members can donate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness, 12965 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. Look for The Blood Connection bloodmobile in the parking lot.

Schedule an appointment at thebloodconnection.org/tidelands. All donors will receive a $20 eGift card.

There is a critical need for people to donate blood to replenish low national, regional and local supplies. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fewer blood drives nationwide and fewer blood donors. But the need for blood to treat accident victims, cancer patients, those who need blood transfusions and other patients remains. The combination of fewer donations and ongoing demand has led to the critical shortage in supplies. All blood types are needed.

“We are so appreciative of the community members who have so enthusiastically answered the recent call to donate blood to help replenish supplies amid this national supply crisis,” said Dr. James Principe, chief medical officer at Tidelands Health. “But we can’t let up now. We count on donations from you to help keep adequate blood supplies on hand. When you give blood, you are truly giving the gift of life.”

Tidelands Health has partnered with The Blood Connection to increase access to local blood supplies amid the shortage. The health system also partners with the American Red Cross.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16-year-olds can donate with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Bring a photo ID or blood donor ID. Individuals who are not feeling well or who are on an antibiotic for an active infection should donate at another time.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.