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      American Red Cross to host blood drive Thursday

      American Red Cross

      COLUMBIA (WACH)-- The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 17 from 1-8pm.

      The 9th Annual Blood Drive well be held at PLEX Indoor Sports 741 Fashion Dr. There will also be free pizza served.

      All presenting blood donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt, PLEX roller skating and Jumpin Jacks inflatable park passes, free food from CiCi's Pizza and a chance to win free Carowinds passes.

      According to the American Red Cross, it's difficult to collect enoughblood donations to meet patient needs during the summer months when schools are out and many families are on vacation.

      Blood is needed or patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

      Call the 800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org for an appointment.