Power for Pints Blood Drive
Broad River Electric Cooperative will hold a blood drive called “Power for Pints” on Friday, February 24 at the Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs, SC. A Blood Connection mobile unit will be in the parking lot, located at 1850 Old Furnace Road, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
As an added incentive, Broad River Electric Cooperative will credit any member’s balance $5.00 for a donation that day. Members do not have to donate at the Upstate Family Resource Center to receive the credit. Proof of donation at any location will be acceptable. Blood Connection has a Donor Center at 270 North Grove Medical Park Drive in Spartanburg.
“If you’re a blood donor, you’re a hero to someone, somewhere who received your gift of life,” said Terry Mallard, President & CEO of Broad River Electric Cooperative. “The least we can do for those that have shown this kind of love for others is a modest bill credit.”
The need for blood is great. Someone needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, and one in ten patients entering a hospital will need blood. Over 500 people need to donate every day to meet the daily needs of area hospitals and be prepared for emergencies.
In order to collect the units needed, The Blood Connection must screen between 550-600 people a day for blood, platelet, plasma and double red cell units. Blood is good for only 42 days, so donors are needed every day to ensure a stable blood supply.
Donors are encouraged to register for a time slot before arriving (link below).
How do I redeem my donation for the $5 credit?
After donating blood, you will be given a yellow form by The Blood Connection. Mail this form in or bring it to our offices and your balance will be credited $5.00.
Do I have to donate at the Upstate Family Resource Center?
No. You can go to any The Blood Connection Donor Center or mobile unit. As long as you donate on February 24. The Spartanburg donor center is located at 270 North Grove Medical Park Drive. To find out if there is another mobile unit near you, go to www.thebloodconnection.org.
How long does it take?
Giving blood typically takes about 15 minutes. You can prevent waiting longer if you register for a time slot here.
Who can donate?
Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent), and weigh at least 110 pounds. TBC donor ID card (preferred) or photo ID is required to donate.
How can I found out more information about donating blood?
The Blood Connection has helpful information on their website, www.thebloodconnection.org. You can also call them at 864-255-5000