American Red Cross launches “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” blood donation campaign

May 23, 2014

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American Red Cross launches “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” blood donation campaign

Red Cross cooling towels offered to presenting donors Memorial Day weekend


COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 21, 2014) — The American Red Cross kicks off its “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.


“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Ryan Corcoran, Community CEO of the South Carolina Blood Services Region. “Making a blood or platelet donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”


Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day, which is why all presenting blood and platelet donors from May 24 through May 26 will receive a commemorative Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.


“100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. Individuals can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.


Following are donation center hours and upcoming blood donation opportunities listed by city.


Columbia Donation Center, 2751 Bull St.

Blood donation hours

Sunday: closed

Monday: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Memorial Day holiday hours); 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Regular hours)

Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


Platelet donation hours

Sunday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Monday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Memorial Day holiday hours); 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Regular hours)

Tuesday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.



5/28/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road South



5/27/2014: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Dr. Energy Saver, 621 Rutledge St.

5/28/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Kershaw County Hospital, 1315 Roberts St.



5/22/2014: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: American Legion Chapin Post 193 Inc., 102 Lexington Ave.



5/25/2014: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Shandon United Methodist, 3407 Devine St.

5/27/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Northeast United Methodist Church, 4000 Hard Scrabble Road

5/28/2014: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Palmetto Health Baptist Medical Center, 1501 Sumter St.

5/28/2014: 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Spring Valley Baptist Church, 91 Polo Road

5/30/2014: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: South Carolina 811, 810 Dutch Square Blvd.

5/30/2014: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Palmetto State Armory, 3760 Fernandina Road



5/23/2014: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Saluda High School, 160 Ivory Key Road


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or Dr.r’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.