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      Columbia officials call on community to become local lifesavers

      COLUMBIA (WACH)--Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region Board of Directors are teaming up to save lives.

      Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.

      The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

      The second annual Columbia Lifesavers blood drive will be held 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

      The Columbia Lifesavers blood drive is being held to raise community awareness about the need for blood and to collect blood for hospital patients undergoing cancer treatments, lifesaving surgeries, and emergency care related to accidents and trauma.

      For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call Kimberly Reaves at 803-312-5609 or visit redcrossblood.org.