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:

Maya Franklin, External Communications Manager 
(980) 257-5035




March 1, 2018
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.   Middle school...
February 19, 2018
The American Red Cross invites the community to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood this March in celebration of Red Cross Month.   Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives. Tiffany Poynter is among those grateful blood recipients. After...
February 5, 2018
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain...
January 23, 2018
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet...
January 12, 2018
  COLUMBIA, S.C.— Community members are invited to join the American Red Cross, City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 8th annual ‘Hoop It Up’ Blood Drive. Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the blood drive on Friday, Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at...
January 8, 2018
  The American Red Cross, Heritage Classic Foundation and RBC Heritage invite the community to roll up a sleeve and tee off to help hospital patients depending on blood products. Blood drives will be held January through March at select locations throughout the Red Cross South Carolina Blood...
January 8, 2018
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.   
January 4, 2018
  With the New Year in full swing, the American Red Cross encourages donors to resolve to help save a life by becoming blood donors. Donors can roll up a sleeve with ABC Columbia and iHeartRadio’s 97.5 WCOS, 104.7 WNOK and 560 WVOC at the New Year’s Blood Drive. The event takes...
January 4, 2018
Support patients by rolling up a sleeve to give more life The American Red Cross invites members of the Upstate community to help ensure patients get the treatment they need this winter by making a blood donation. Eligible donors are urged to give blood between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8...
December 18, 2017
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.