It's "Famously Hot" to Donate Blood

June 18, 2012

The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region Board of Directors and the Columbia Regional Visitors Center are teaming up for the third annual Famously Hot blood drive. The event will be held 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.


All presenting donors will receive a free Famously Hot T-shirt plus a chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Spring into Giving” promotion


For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 803-251-6007 or visit and enter sponsor code famouslyhot.


The Famously Hot blood drive comes at an ideal time to boost blood donations as it is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months. 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.


Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days – they must be replenished regularly. By taking time to donate, you can help the Red Cross ensure a stable blood supply for all patients who need blood products. All blood types are needed, but type O donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage.


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, and platelets can be donated every seven days or up to 24 times a year.  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.