by John Steinberger | November 21, 2018 10:28 am
The 34th annual Carolina – Clemson blood drive ends today at 7 pm at the Red Cross blood donation center at Harrell Square, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. Clemson currently leads in Lowcountry donations with 172 pints to 158 for Carolina. In 2017, Clemson won statewide with 2728 pints donated to 1956 for Carolina. Donors will receive a commemorative t-shirt, snacks and beverages. The Red Cross center will open at 11 am.
College football rivalries aside, South Carolina and most of the other Red Cross regional donation areas face a critical shortage of blood supply. The Red Cross has recommended canceling elective surgeries in Atlanta and several other major cities. The donation of one pint of blood is enough to treat up to three patients.
Sportscasting legend Bobby Hartin will be broadcasting his Fan Talk show live from Harrell Square from 3-6 pm today. Fan Talk is carried Monday through Friday on 94.7 FM, 98.9 FM and 1340 AM. Hartin, who has been on the air in the Charleston market for more than 25 years, promotes the blood drive every year. The former Carolina cheerleader also does an annual fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House, which provides lodging for the families of children receiving extensive medical treatment.
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