It’s “Famously Hot” to Donate Blood

June 19, 2013

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It’s “Famously Hot” to Donate Blood

Fourth Annual Famously Hot Blood Drive to Take Place Friday, June 28


Columbia, S.C., June 18, 2013 – The American Red Cross S.C. Blood Services Region Board of Directors and the Columbia Regional Visitors Center are teaming up for the fourth annual Famously Hot blood drive. The event will be held 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.


All presenting donors will receive a free Famously Hot Blood Drive T-shirt courtesy of AT&T and SC Carolina Trucking. Plus, all presenting donors will have a chance to win one of two LG A340 phones courtesy of AT&T.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code famouslyhot or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


The Famously Hot blood drive comes at an ideal time to boost blood donations. With schools out and families on vacation, it’s even more important that those who are eligible to donate come forward to give the gift of life.


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.


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.