Highway Patrol and Red Cross team up for annual blood drive

(Dave McQueen/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The State Highway Patrol teamed up with the Red Cross Monday for the Annual "Families of Highway Fatalities" Blood Drive.

"The need is always there for blood," said Mandy Law, donor recruitment representative{}in the Charleston area.{}"The blood supply is actually the lowest it's been in about 15 years, so we really need donors of all blood types to come out."

A different family is chosen each year to be the face of the blood drive, and this year remembers 29-year-old Jessie Sainz.{} He was killed four years ago when police say he fell asleep at the wheel of his car on his way home from work.

"This we knew would touch so many lives and with the Red Cross having such a low donation during this time of year we felt it was the right thing to do and something Jessie would want us to do," said Jessie's mom Elaine Rej.

If you didn't make it out Monday, but are interested in donating blood, ABC News 4 is teaming up with the Charleston Riverdogs for the "Days of Summer" blood drive this Thursday.

It is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both the Northwoods and Citadel Malls.{}Each donor will get a Red Cross t-shirt and two tickets to a Riverdogs game.

One lucky donor will get to throw the first pitch at the Riverdogs season finale. One more donor will win a Riverdogs Package including four tickets, four hats, four food tickets, and a baseball signed by the team.

"You never know when you or a loved one is going to need to receive blood," said Law. "Actually of the eligible population, those who donate blood is only about five percent. It's a very small percentage that's trying to supply a lot of people in need."