ABC News 4, RiverDogs step up to plate to help Red Cross

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The American Red Cross says it's in urgent need of blood donations.Red Cross officials said there is a shortage of blood after donations dropped about 8 percent this summer.They're asking anyone who can donate to do so.People with types O Negative, B Negative and A Negative blood are especially urged to donate as soon as possible."Typically this time of the year has always been pretty challenging for us because of the Fourth of July holiday that we just went through a couple of weeks ago," said Patrick Lamontagne, District Manager of Donor Recruitment. "We usually see a drop in donations and we're trying to offset that by getting more people to show up and donate. We don't want to get too low to where the hospitals are at risk of not having enough blood on the shelves."If you would like to donate, ABC News 4 is teaming up with the Red Cross and Riverdogs next Thursday for the RiverDogs Days Of Summer Blood Drive.On July 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Red Cross workers will be at the Northwoods and Citadel Malls.

      Donors will get a pair of Riverdogs tickets and a box of Girl Scout cookies, courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.