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South Carolina Blood Services Region

The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Krystal Overmyer, External Communications Manager 
South Carolina Blood Services Region
(803) 251-6034 (p) (803)446-7743 (c) 




May 11, 2016
When you give blood, you can be a hero to patients in need. The American Red Cross encourages Charleston-area residents to uncover their inner hero while honoring our country’s heroes at a May 26 blood drive with ABC News 4 and iHeartMedia’s Y102.5. The May 26 blood drive will be held...
April 26, 2016
May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. Each year, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department...
April 21, 2016
The American Red Cross is teaming up with Fox 24 and 95SX to offer donors a lifesaving opportunity. Community members are invited to give blood on Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd in Charleston. Right now, blood donations are being delivered to...
March 31, 2016
April is National Volunteer Month, and the American Red Cross is seeking Columbia and Charleston-area volunteers for a unique opportunity: helping deliver lifesaving blood products to hospitals for patients in need.
March 23, 2016
The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood...
March 17, 2016
With baseball season just around the corner, the American Red Cross is teaming up once again with WMBF News to encourage everyday heroes to knock one out of the park for patients in need by donating blood on March 30 at the “Swing into Spring” blood drive.
March 16, 2016
  March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is teaming up with Charleston's News 2 and 1250 WTMA to invite ordinary people to become everyday heroes by giving blood. Community members are encouraged to give blood at the Blood Drive Blitz on March 24, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Omar...
February 29, 2016
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross honors those who donate blood and platelets, organize blood drives and volunteer in communities across the country. These everyday heroes are the face of the Red Cross and help save lives.
February 16, 2016
The American Red Cross is calling on the Columbia community to join a lifesaving team by giving blood. Mayor Steve Benjamin, the City of Columbia and the American Red Cross encourage people to score one for life at the sixth annual Columbia Lifesavers “Hoop it Up” blood drive on Friday...
February 16, 2016
This February, the American Red Cross encourages the greater Charleston community to warm the hearts of patients in need. The Red Cross and Live 5 News are teaming up for a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Citadel Mall in an effort to increase blood donations during...