EdVenture Children’s Museum offers Columbia Red Cross blood and platelet donors the chance to win a one-year membership

April 1, 2013

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, 803-446-7743 (cell), jamie.muldrow@redcross.org

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Columbia, S.C., April 1, 2013 —During the month of April all presenting blood and platelet donors at the American Red Cross Columbia donation center, 2751 Bull St., will be entered in a drawing to win a one-year anytime membership to the EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St., Columbia.


EdVenture is the largest children’s museum in the south and is home to many learning exhibits including “Eddie, The World’s Largest Child,” where children can journey through the 44-foot tall structure and learn about the different body structures.

The anytime membership entitles two named adults and all children or all grandchildren in the same household free unlimited admission every day of the week, including free admission to special themed events like Big Wheels and Farmville. The membership also includes four one-time-use guest passes and discounts on programming and Camp EdVenture.

The Columbia donation center hours are as follows.


Blood donation hours:
Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Platelet donation hours:
Monday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.


To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 


The 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 demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  




How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.