Miss Gamecock blood drive January 7

Miss Gamecock 2021 Callie Farrell will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross January 7 from 10 am to 3 pm at the American Red Cross Donation Center located at 2751 Bull Street, Columbia.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate email missgamecock2020@gmail.com or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code bloodconnectsusall.

Hosting a blood drive coincides with Farrell’s social impact initiative, Blood Connects Us All, where she not only works to elevate blood donations but also educates people about the importance of blood donations and encourages them to do so.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. Miss Gamecock and the Red Cross urge eligible donors to join in the selfless act of giving blood throughout 2021.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

Farrell is the founder of Blood Connects Us All, where she not only works to elevate blood donations, she also educates people about the importance of blood donations and encourages them to do so. A 2018 honor graduate of Irmo High School, she was active in numerous service organizations, held many leadership positions, and received numerous awards during her four years including Student Body President, the James Francis Byrnes Leadership Award, and was crowned Miss Yellow Jacket 2017. Her service continues to grow with her volunteer work with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Ronald McDonald House, Cocky’s Reading Express, and the Carolina Clemson Blood Battle. Currently, she is a junior at the University of South Carolina where she is studying mass communications and sports and entertainment management, and serves as the house facilities manager for Alpha Delta Pi sorority.