CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Before South Carolina's famous rivals face off on the field, the American Red Cross is inviting fans who bleed garnet or orange to roll up their sleeves to help save lives.
The 13th annual Lowcountry Carolina vs. Clemson Blood Battle is November 16 to 25, sponsored by the Charleston County Clemson Club, Charleston Area Gamecock Club and ESPN Radio 98.9 FM.
Fans can donate for their team of choice at the American Red Cross West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.; or the American Red Cross Mount Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The blood battle kicks off November 16 at 3 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Blood Donation Center, where Bobby Hartin from "Fan Talk" on ESPN Radio 98.9 and representatives from each alumni club will roll up a sleeve to donate for their team.
"The annual Carolina versus Clemson Blood Battle is something that I look forward to every year because it puts the fun back in the rivalry," Hartin said. "The battle is something that fans on both sides can have fun with while providing the community with much-needed blood, and I hope fans of both schools turn out this year as they have in the past."
The blood drive is held annually for the two weeks leading up to the Carolina-Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when blood donations typically decline. Donors will help ensure blood is available when patients need it during the holiday period.
In addition to the pride that comes from showing school spirit, all presenting donors will receive a commemorative blood battle T-shirt, while supplies last.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.