Downtown businesses sponsor third annual Main Street Battle for Blood

October 22, 2013

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034,

             |  @scredcrossblood


Columbia, S.C., Oct. 22, 2013—Show your community support and help save lives by giving blood at the third annual Main Street Battle for Blood. The event will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at four locations on Main Street in downtown Columbia.


Presenting donors will receive a free Main Street Battle for Blood T-shirt (while supplies last) and will automatically be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.


For appointments, please visit and enter sponsor code: mainbloodbattle or call or email one of the contacts listed below.


  • Meridian Building (1320 Main St., 17th floor conference room)

Contact: Carol Caulk at or 803-227-4931


  • NBSC Building (1221 Main St., 14th floor multi-purpose room)

Contact: Lynette Koon at or 803-929-2043


  • First Citizens Building (1230 Main St., bloodmobile on Lady Street near Main Street)

Contact: Robbie Lynch at  or 803-931-1100, option 1


  • Capitol Center (1201 Main St., 1st floor, lower level)

Contact: Ashley Spires at or 803-217-0622


The event is open to the public. Presenting donors are invited to give blood and cast their vote for one of the following Main Street Battle for Blood event sponsors: McAngus Goudelock & Courie, EDENS, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, McNair Attorneys, Nelson Mullins, First Citizens, NBSC and Nexsen Pruet. NBSC was the winner of the 2012 Main Street Battle for Blood competition.


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


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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.