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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 1600's 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) 




July 15, 2015
The American Red Cross is asking donors to go to bat for patients in need at the RiverDog Days of Summer blood drive July 30 in Charleston, sponsored by ABC News 4, Y 102.5 and the Charleston RiverDogs.
July 14, 2015
This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to thank those who come out to donate blood or platelets at select blood drives with a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket, including Carowinds in Charlotte. Donors also have special access to additional discounted tickets...
July 6, 2015
Every year, about 800 people are killed in crashes on South Carolina roads. The American Red Cross and Families of Highway Fatalities invite South Carolinians to remember those individuals by giving the gift of life in their honor from Monday, July 6 to Saturday, July 11 at Red Cross blood donation...
July 6, 2015
The American Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types to donate blood and help prevent a summer blood shortage at the WACH Fox “Drive for Life” blood drive on Thursday, July 16.
July 6, 2015
The American Red Cross is calling on donors of all blood types to help save lives and prevent a summer blood shortage at the WPDE News Channel 15 “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” blood drive on Wednesday, July 15 in Florence and Myrtle Beach. 
June 29, 2015
The Fourth of July is a time for family fun and patriotic celebrations, but for the Red Cross, it’s one of the most challenging times for blood donations. The Red Cross is teaming up with Cumulus radio stations in Columbia to encourage people to give blood before the holiday weekend at the...
June 29, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage. The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or...
June 11, 2015
The summer may be hot, but blood donors can cool off with a sweet treat when they come out to save lives. The American Red Cross, News 2, Z93 Jamz, and Ben & Jerry’s invite donors to “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” on Thursday, June 25 in Mount Pleasant and Summerville.
June 8, 2015
The phrase “gift of life” holds special meaning for Daniel Leftridge. The Florence father witnessed how blood helped his baby girl just months after she was born. He encourages community members to give blood to help save the lives of patients like his daughter at the WBTW News 13...
June 3, 2015
For many, summer is a season synonymous with fun in the sun, a trip to the beach or a break from schoolwork. But for the Red Cross, the summer season presents one of its toughest challenges: collecting enough blood to meet patient needs.