CHARLESTON, S.C. — This June, American Red Cross and Santee Electric Co-op are partnering to encourage the community to give blood during the critical summer months when donations often decline. The Kingstree community is invited to roll up a sleeve and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood on Thursday, June 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Santee Electric Cooperative Inc., 424 Sumter Highway in Kingstree.


“It is a privilege to have the support of Santee Electric in our efforts to provide safe blood and blood products to our hospital partners in the Lowcountry and across the nation,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional executive, Palmetto SC Red Cross. “I am excited about coming to Kingstree on June 6 to donate blood side by side with Santee Electric Co-op’s president Rob Ardis. Rob and his team prove by example that they are committed to paying it forward in their community.”


Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.


The Red Cross currently has a critical shortage of type O blood. Right now, and type O blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Type O donors ─ and donors of all types ─ are urged to give now to help ensure blood is on the shelves for patients when every second matters.


In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at  


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.