Carolina International Trucks Hosts Blood Drive

Blood donations will help local hospital patients amid pandemic

Columbia, SC—Carolina International Trucks & Idealease, the largest commercial truck dealership in South Carolina, will be hosting a blood drive on July 23, 2020 with The Blood Connection (TBC) from 12:30 – 5:30 PM at 1619 Bluff Road, Columbia. TBC, a non-profit independently managed blood center based in Greenville S.C., is the blood supplier for local hospitals, including Prisma Health. Through volunteer blood donors, TBC supplies life-saving blood products to local patients who rely on them every day. Carolina International Trucks & Idealease is doing their part in helping maintain a steady community blood supply through the pandemic.

Because of TBC’s service to this community, donations made during the Carolina International Trucks & Idealease blood drive will help local hospital patients. One donation has the power to save up to three lives. The blood mobile will be parked at the company headquarters of Carolina International Trucks & Idealease, 1619 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC. TBC says it is best to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal before donating blood. Donors must be 17 years or older, must weigh more than 110 pounds, and cannot be taking an antibiotic for an infection. Donating with TBC encourages neighbors to share life, strengthening a sense of community. Be part of the connection with Carolina International Trucks & Idealease.

Each donor during this drive will receive a $20 Visa gift card and will be tested for Covid-19 antibodies. This is not a Covid-19 diagnostic test. Positive results do not confirm infection or immunity. Schedule your donation at

“As an essential business, Carolina International Trucks & Idealease has been supporting the trucking industry during the pandemic by helping to keep trucks on the road.  As one of our valued customers, we are pleased to partner with The Blood Connection on this blood drive,” said Kate Hanson, President, Carolina International Trucks & Idealease.

About The Blood Connection
The Blood Connection has been committed to saving lives since 1962. Founded in Greenville, South Carolina, TBC is an independently managed, not-for-profit, community blood center that provides blood products to more than 70 hospitals within Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its dedication to disaster preparedness and the community, TBC works diligently to collect blood from volunteer donors to meet the ever-increasing demand. By keeping collections local, TBC serves hundreds of thousands of patients a year in its communities. TBC is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit

About Carolina International Trucks
Founded in 1992, Carolina International Trucks (CIT) is the largest commercial truck dealer in South Carolina. CIT sells and services medium, heavy and severe service International Trucks, IC Buses, Hino and Fuso commercial work trucks. CIT moves their customers forward with innovative products backed by quality service. The dealership has more than 240 employees, a state-of-the-art paint booth and body shop in Columbia, more than 100 service bays, and over $6 million in stocked parts to support vehicle uptime. Carolina Idealease provides trucks for lease and rental supported by mobile maintenance services. The dealership is headquartered in Columbia and has full-service locations in Charleston, Conway, Florence, Greenville and Greer, South Carolina. Additional information can be found at

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