Five Points Association holds “Don’t be chicken. Give Blood!” blood drive

June 3, 2013

CONTACT:    Jamie Muldrow, Communications Manager, 803-251-6034 (office), 803-446-7743 (cell)

Twitter: @SCRedCrossBlood


Columbia, S.C., May 31, 2013—The American Red Cross and Five Points Association invite area residents to the “Don’t be chicken. Give Blood!” blood drive.


The event will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 6 aboard a bloodmobile beside the Five Points fountain on Saluda Avenue.


All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free original Chick-fil-A sandwich. Participants will also be treated to an appearance by the Chick-fil-A “Eat More Chikin” cow.


In addition, all presenting donors will be invited to enter a drawing for the chance to win a complimentary one night stay courtesy of The Inn at Claussen's, 2003 Greene St., in Five Points.


By donating blood this summer you help the Red Cross ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood they need so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code fivepoints or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.


The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood and platelets they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.


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 safely 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 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. 



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.