WITN hosts "Pint for a Pint" blood drive Wednesday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The Red Cross exceed its goal Wednesday morning at the WITN Blood Drive at our Greenville studio.

More than 25 pints of blood were given and donors received a pint of Simply Natural ice cream in return.

The Red Cross says strong donor turnout is important this time of year as donations typically drop during the summer while the demand for blood remains the same.

Blood donor Kaitlin Greene says donating blood has a special meaning to her.

"My sister has had to have several heart surgeries throughout her life, and several of them, obviously she's had to get a lot of blood during the surgeries, so I just try to give blood whenever I can," Greene explains.

You can contact the Red Cross online or at the Greenville office if you'd like to donate.

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Giving blood is giving the gift of life.

When you give blood at the WITN studio on Wednesday, June 13th, you will receive a free pint of ice cream from Simply Natural Creamery.

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked in front of the WITN studio located at 275 East Arlington Boulevard in Greenville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: WITN or click here.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country, including those here in Eastern North Carolina.

The American Red Cross and WITN thank you in advance for sharing this priceless gift that can forever change a life.