17th Annual Memorial Blood Drive

Honoring Trooper Eric Nicholson

Seth Stokes
December 05, 2017 - 10:54 am

South Carolina State Trooper Eric F. Nicholson risked his life every day to protect the community. He knew firsthand how important it is to be a regular blood donor. On December 6, 2000, Nicholson gave the “gift” of life at The Blood Connection’s Donation Center in Greenville. Two hours later he became the 41st South Carolina State Trooper to lose his life in the line of duty.

To honor Greenville’s fallen trooper, TBC and Radio 93.3-The Planet is holding the 17thAnnual Memorial Blood Drive today, December 6. Local citizens can serve others by donating blood on this day, giving with the same spirit of service and sacrifice as Trooper Nicholson.

There are many ways to donate.  Donors can give whole blood, platelets, plasma, or any combination of these. Donors must be in generally good health, 17 years of age or older and weigh 110 pounds. Sixteen-year-olds can donate with parental permission.  Within 24 hours, a blood donation can help save the lives of three people – a patient in a car accident, a patient having open-heart surgery, and a patient with cancer.

Donations can be made at the following list of times and locations.

7 am - 4 pm                Greenville County Law Enforcement Center, 4 McGee St., Greenville, and

10:30 am -7 pm          Cracker Barrel, 1134 Woodruff Road, Greenville   

7 am - 7 pm                Donations can also be made at the following Blood Donation Center locations: 435 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC; and 270 N. Grove Medical Park, Spartanburg, SC.


About The Blood Connection

Founded as Greenville Blood Assurance in 1962, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC serves an 18,280-square-mile area of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina, holding 12-14 blood drives a day through bloodmobiles, portable field units and fixed donation sites. This equates to approximately 125,000 units a year, which are tested and processed at TBC’s state-of-the-art Biologics Processing Center in Greenville, SC. 

In South Carolina, TBC serves Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, McCormick, Laurens, Newberry and Lexington counties. TBC also contracts with Med-Trans Air Medical Transport to serve Sumter, Marion, Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston and Berkeley counties. In Georgia, TBC serves Stephens, Hall, and Barrow counties. 

In 2011, TBC began serving Macon, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Buncombe, McDowell and Mitchell counties in Western North Carolina. In 2017, TBC expanded services to include Wake, Durham, Orange, Forsyth, Rowan and Pitt counties. For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org

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