Red Cross holds Christmas Eve Blood Drive

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - "It doesn't cost a dime to donate blood and you know you're giving a lifetime to somebody in need during the most critical time of year," said Patrick Lamontagne, District Manager of Donor Recruitment for the Red Cross.

During the holiday season, many people are tied up with Christmas shopping. Some are sick because of the flu, and the Red Cross's blood supply takes a hit.

"A lot of people are vacationing and they don't think about donating blood as a priority this time of year," said Lamontagne.

If you give a pint of blood, that donation can save three lives. Folks at Trident Medical Center in Charleston took some time out of their day to give a life saving gift.

"There's always a need for blood whether it's a car accident or somebody going through cancer treatments," said Lamontagne.

Like Kerri Gumming. Her father is suffering from cancer and needs one to two blood transfusions a week.

"I sort of wanted to be able to give a gift to someone else. It's a very important gift," said Gumming.

"There are a lot of people who are spending Christmas in the hospital and they need blood and they need help. They need their lives saved," said Shawn Toothman.

Toothman knows all to well about needing blood. She had open heart surgery and her children also have heart problems.

"It's something I do every year. I give blood and give back a donation of life. It does save lives," said Toothman.

The Red Cross hopes to get 20 to 30 pints of blood at Wednesday's blood drive. The donations could save a life this holiday season.

"It feels great to give back," said Toothman.

"I'll definitely give blood again," said Gumming.

For more information on how you can make a donation, log on to the Red Cross's website at

or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS

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