Ten lucky blood donors will win free lunch with favorite WIS News team

Columbia, S.C. - Who's your favorite WIS news team? When you donate blood at the fifth annual "Count on WIS Blood Drive" Thursday, Aug. 20, tell the American Red Cross which anchors are your favorites, and you could be one of 10 lucky donors to win a free lunch with a WIS news team courtesy of Wild Wing Café in the Vista.

The "Count on WIS Blood Drive" kicks off 7 a.m. at the WIS Studios on the corner of Bull and Gervais Streets. At 11 a.m., the Red Cross will start collecting blood at three other sites: Dutch Square Mall on Bush River Road, Columbia Place on Two Notch Road, and Sumter Mall on Broad Street. The blood drives end at 7 p.m. at all four sites. To schedule an appointment, visit givelife.org and enter sponsor code: WIS or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Walk-ins are welcome.

For every unit of blood collected, the Red Cross will tally one vote for the WIS News Team of the donor's choice. At the end of the day, WIS will announce the news team with the most donors. Ten lucky donors will be randomly selected and will win a free lunch at Wild Wing Café with that team's anchors.

Donors get to choose among four news teams:

  • Sunrise Team-Kara Gormley, Stewart Moore, Ben Tanner, and Brandi Cummings;
  • 5 o'clock Team-Dawndy Mercer Plank, Judi Gatson, Hannah Horne, and Brooks Garner;
  • 6 and 11 o'clock Team-Judi Gatson, Ben Hoover, Brooks Garner, and Rick Henry;
  • 7 o'clock Team-Dawndy Mercer Plank, Ben Hoover, Brooks Garner and Rick Henry.

Not only will presenting donors have a chance to win a free lunch with their favorite WIS anchors, they will also receive a commemorative T-shirt, be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 gas card through the Red Cross "Give Blood & See America" promotion, and be entered in drawings for T-shirts signed by WIS personalities.

The radio stations of Citadel Communications in Columbia and Miller Communications in Sumter have partnered with the Red Cross and WIS as co-sponsors of the blood drive.

The Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 54 hospitals and must have 500 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.