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Santa’s Community Blood Center

Santa’s Community Blood Center

Join Us on the Nice List. Donate Blood.

During a month that’s filled with so much gift giving, The Blood Connection wants to thank our loyal donors by giving them a fun, festive, holiday shirt that makes it obvious that they’re lifesavers. It’s Santa approved!

Through December 24, all donors at our centers will receive a special “Ugly Christmas Sweater” t-shirt in addition to their choice of a $20 Amazon or $20 VISA card. The shirts are while supplies last, so hurry in before they’re gone!

To our donors, thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

QUICK FACTS
-One donation can save up to 3 lives
-Someone needs blood every 2 seconds.
-1 in 7 people entering a hospital will need blood.

If you’ve donated whole blood before, you know this is worth your time! Feel free to enjoy your favorite TV shows and snacks on us! Donations can be made at a TBC Center. Please call your local center or 864-751-1168 with any questions or to make an appointment. Appointments are recommended but not required.

MORE INFO: Click here for a little more explanation about what donation type is best for your blood type.

Centers are open M-F 7a-7p and on the weekends 7-5pm. Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors must bring a valid photo ID. Platelet donations can only be done after at least one whole blood donation.

Click the button above to find a donation center near you.

Clemson University Wins Week-long Blood Donation Competition

Clemson University Wins Week-long Blood Donation Competition

CLEMSON, S.C. – For the 17th time, Clemson University has won the annual Blood Bowl, one of the largest collegiate blood drives in the nation with the help of community blood center, The Blood Connection (TBC). Ahead of the rivalry football game for the past 35 years, Clemson University and The University of South Carolina (USC) have battled it out to see which school can bring in the most blood donors. This year, Clemson collected 2,441 units in total, while USC collected 2,108, meaning Clemson won by slightly more than 300 units for the second year in a row.

TBC provided seven locations for blood donors to give all over campus from November 18-22. Those blood drives combined saw around 300 donors per day, for a grand total of more than 1,600 donors throughout the week. Because TBC is the exclusive blood supplier for every Upstate South Carolina hospital, those donations have helped up to 4,800 patients in local hospitals, including AnMed Health, Clemson’s area hospital. Donors on campus supplied around 40 percent of the blood supply for TBC during that week, which also ensured enough life-saving blood products for local hospital patients through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Blood Bowl represents a more than 25-year long partnership between TBC and students in Clemson’s Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a national service fraternity that is the university’s second oldest student organization. The organization chooses to host Blood Bowl the week before Thanksgiving because of the blood center’s need for donations at that time. TBC typically sees a dip in donations during holiday seasons and winter months. The collaboration between TBC and APO every year emphasizes the critical need for consistent community involvement to support the local blood supply. Because blood products have a short shelf life, TBC encourages the community to continue to donate in the next few months to maintain a steady blood supply for local hospital patients who count on those donations.

USC has won the annual Blood Bowl 18 times with Clemson now following close behind with 17 wins. USC has a larger student body, so the playing field is leveled by competing based on the total number of units collected when the football game is played in Columbia, and on percentage of students donating blood when the game is at Clemson.

Give Thanks, Give Blood

Give Thanks, Give Blood

Blood donors, someone is thankful for you

Blood donors share life. And for that, thousands of people in our community are thankful that blood donors give so generously. During a month that’s already filled with reminders of gratitude, The Blood Connection wants to thank our loyal platelet donors with a t-shirt they can wear loud and proud.  

For the entire month of November, platelet donors will receive a special “thankful” t-shirt in addition to the regular gift card.

We hope the shirt reminds platelet donors to be thankful for their ability to donate, while also letting the community know that a blood recipient is thankful for them. In a world filled with so much chaos, stopping to be thankful can do a lot of good. To our donors, thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

So let’s talk about platelets. What are they? Platelets are small fragments in our blood that help stop bleeding. Platelets may be tiny, but they’re POWERFUL. They’re little life-savers for the many brave people who are battling cancer. Chances are, someone you know came to mind. Cancer treatments can reduce patients’ platelet counts, which isn’t a good thing. That’s where our loyal donors come in! Thanks to platelet donations, patients are able to get back the platelets their bodies need to get better. While platelets are primarily used to help cancer patients, others benefit from them too, like people with rare blood diseases or transplant patients.

QUICK FACTS
-Small cell fragments in the blood that help stop or prevent bleeding
-Made in our bone marrow
-Shelf life is only 5 days
-Used most commonly for surgeries, transplants, and cancer treatments

If you’ve donated whole blood before, donating platelets is similar but it takes a little longer. The process can only be done in a center. Through one needle stick and a fancy machine, your blood is drawn and the platelets are filtered out. The rest of your blood components are then given back to you through the same needle. It takes about an hour and a half. Feel free to enjoy your favorite TV shows and snacks on us! Donations can only be made at a TBC Center. Please call your local center or 864-751-1168 with any questions or to make an appointment. Appointments are recommended.

MORE INFO: Click here for a little more explanation about what donation type is best for your blood type.

Centers are open M-F 7a-7p and on the weekends 7-5pm. Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors must bring a valid photo ID. Platelet donations can only be done after at least one whole blood donation.

Click the button below to find a donation center near you.

Be(er) Local, Save Lives

Be(er) Local, Save Lives

Oktoberfest…For Beer Lovers and Lifesavers!

Leaves…pumpkins…sweater weather…and beer! That’s the sweet sound of October! And there’s no better way to ring in the Fall season than by saving lives with TBC! Good news — we’re teaming up with community-centered breweries the entire month so you can get rewarded for being a lifesaver. 

It’s Oktoberfest the TBC way! Just like our brewery partners, we take pride in being local. As your community blood center, blood donations stay local, so when you donate with TBC, you save lives in the community. To celebrate Oktoberfest and our communities, TBC will be having mobile blood drives at various local breweries. Stop by to donate blood and you’ll walk away with a brewery gift card and snazzy koozie to hold that cold one.

(Please do not drink alcohol before or after donating blood)

Brewery blood drives vary by region: 

Raleigh/ENC:

2-Oct 4p-8p LoneRider-Wake Forest 1839 S. Main St Ste 600, Wake Forest
5-Oct 12p-5p Fullsteam 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham
6-Oct 12p-4p Clouds 1233 Front St, Raleigh
18-Oct 4p-8p Morgan St. Food Hall 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
19-Oct 12:30p-5:30p Big Boss Brewing 1249 Wicker Dr, Greenville
20-Oct 1p-6p Deep River Brewing 700 W. Main St., Ste 102
25-Oct 4p-8p Morgan St. Food Hall 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
26-Oct 12p-6p Pitt St. Brewing 630 S Pitt St., Greenville
26-Oct 1p-6p Oak City Brewing  616 N. First Ave, Knightdale
12-Oct 12-2:30pm Hi-Wire Brewing 800 Taylor St. Durham
19-Oct 2p-6p Lonerider-Raleigh 8816 Gulf Ct., Raleigh 
29-Oct 4p-8p The Glass Jug 5410 NC-55 Suite V, Durham 
31-Oct 4p-8p Trophy Brewing and Tap 656 Maywood Ave, Raleigh 

Upstate SC: 

8-Oct 3:30-8:30pm Keowee Brewing 401 E Main St, Seneca
26-Oct 12-5pm 13 Stripes Brewery 250 Mill Street, Taylors
20-Oct 3:30-6pm Carolina Bauernhaus- Anderson 115 Federal St, Anderson
25-Oct 3-8pm  Iron Hill Brewery 741 Haywood Rd, Greenville

Charleston:

5-Oct 1p-6p Palmetto Brewing Co. 289 Huger St, Charleston
9-Oct 5p-9p Frothy Beard Brewing Co. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston
12-Oct 11:30-3:30 Low Tide Brewing 2863 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island
13-Oct 11a-3p Holy City Brewing 4155 Dorchester Rd, Charleston
24-Oct 4-8pm Ghost Monkey Brewery 522 Wando Ln, Mt Pleasant
27-Oct 1-5pm Tradesman Brewery 1647 King St Ext N, Charleston
27-Oct 12-4pm Two Blokes Brewery 547 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant

Asheville:

6-Oct 4-9pm Asheville Pizza and Brewing 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville
16-Oct 2-7pm Oskar Blues Brewery 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard

*Click on each brewery name to make an appointment. 

Local blood donations are especially important as winter approaches. Donations usually take a dip in the colder months. But the demand for blood never stops. That’s why our blood donors are essential to saving lives. Be the difference for someone in your community!

Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors must bring a valid photo ID. 

Give Mo’, Get Moe’s

Give Mo’, Get Moe’s

Spice Up a Life: Donate Blood!

If you’re a Moe’s fan, you’ve probably heard of Mo Monday (the best day of the week, are we right?) Well TBC is making Mo Mondays even better! Donate blood with The Blood Connection and you’ll get your fave Moe’s meal for FREE, 2 weeks in a row. We’re not kidding.

For the entire month of September, TBC and Moe’s Southwest Grill are working together to getting people fired up about blood donation. Partnerships like this are essential to the community’s blood supply. Moe’s enthusiasm to partner with TBC has helped the blood center reach new donors and save more lives! That just goes to show that teamwork really does make the dream work.

The Give Mo’ Get Moe’s promotion runs September 9th – September 30th. Donors who give blood at any TBC center on any Monday in September will receive a $20 Moe’s gift card! To find a center near you, click here.

On September 23rd, 11 Moe’s locations will host a blood mobile for a collective blood drive from 4-8 P.M. Blood donors will receive a $20 Moe’s gift card there too. After donating, walk right into your local Moe’s and enjoy a free dinner, a thank you for spicing up/saving someone’s life!

 

Participating Locations:

449 East Main Street  Spartanburg, SC
6005 Wade Hampton Blvd, # A Taylors, SC 
500 Haywood Rd Greenville, SC 
3144 N Main St Anderson, SC 
360 Merrimon Ave Asheville, NC
168 Shenstone Blvd  Garner, NC
10760 Wakefield Commons Dr  Raleigh, NC
1410 E Broad St Fuquay-Varina, NC 
Belle Hall: 612-A Long Point Rd Mt Pleasant, SC 
9514 Dorchester Rd #106 Charleston, SC 
214 Azalea Square Blvd Summerville, SC 

The Moe’s promotion at TBC donation centers will be held on 09/09, 09/16, 09/23, 09/30. Donor gifts are while supplies last. Mobile drives are only on 09/23.

When donors give blood with The Blood Connection, it stays local. TBC is the primary blood provider for local hospitals, which means when anyone there needs blood, TBC supplies it. While trauma is the most obvious reason for blood usage, cancer patients are usually the number one recipients of blood products. Donations are also needed for burn victims, premature infants, surgeries, and those with blood disorders, to name a few. When community members share blood, healing happens, and families remain whole. 

Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Our centers are open Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 7am-5pm. Click here to make an appointment or to call a specific center. 

Life, Liberty, Labor Day

Life, Liberty, Labor Day

Give your Neighbor Life and Liberty

While you’re soaking up the last rays of summer sunshine on Labor Day (and we all need the break, right?), take the time to save a life with The Blood Connection. In the trips-to-the-grocery-store, laundry-folding, making-dinner kind of moments, remember what’s going on in your local hospitals. Doctors and nurses are using donated blood to save lives. That blood comes from neighbors in your community who want to make a difference.

 

Back by popular demand!
Donate blood at any TBC center from 08/30-09/02 and get a Life and Liberty t-shirt!

We love thanking our donors for being lifesavers! Blood donors will also receive a gift card.

*shirts are while supplies last

Local blood donations are especially important during this critical time of the summer where TBC typically sees a dip in donor turnout. But the demand for blood never takes a vacation. That’s why our blood donors are essential to saving lives this Labor Day weekend. Be the difference for someone in your community!

Click here to find a donation center near you.