The American Red Cross of Central SC has announced that it has relocated its Sumter office to 200 Miller Road in Sumter, S.C., in the Arts and Letters Building on the USC Sumter campus. The phone number remains the same at 803-775-2363.
“We are very pleased with our new Red Cross office in Sumter,” said Rebecca Jordan, executive director for the Red Cross of Central SC. “This new location will enhance our service to the community, offers numerous partnership opportunities to create a resilient community, and is an ideal location for our volunteers.”
During the devastating floods in October 2015, the Sumter office and blood donation center of the American Red Cross sustained damage from floodwaters. After the Sumter office flooded, the Red Cross temporarily utilized office space at First Baptist Church on E. Liberty Street in Sumter until relocating to its new space at USC Sumter.
Throughout the relocation process, the Red Cross has continued to provide services to community members.
“Since January, the Red Cross has assisted more than 200 people in Sumter, Kershaw, Clarendon and Lee counties who were affected by disasters, such as home fires and storms,” explained Jordan. “The Red Cross will continue to be here tomorrow and in the weeks, months and years ahead to deliver critical services to our neighbors in need.”
Starting in June, the Red Cross plans to host monthly blood drives at its new location. Donors can also give blood at blood drives occurring throughout the community. To make an appointment, call 1-800 RED CROSS, visit redcrossblood.org or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
“We are thrilled to have Red Cross on our campus to open opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and other outreach possibilities. USC Sumter has worked hard to strengthen connections to our community, and this partnership is another demonstration of our commitment to providing educational, cultural, and career opportunities to our service areas in and around Sumter” said Dr. Michael Sonntag, Dean at USC Sumter.
In January, USC Sumter partnered with the Red Cross and the Sumter Fire Department installing about 300 smoke detectors in Pinewood for the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The organizations plan to partner in health & safety training and military and veteran support programs in addition to blood services and disaster.
The Red Cross welcomes the community to visit the new office to learn more about how the work of the Red Cross impacts the Sandhills area and how to engage in its important work. For more information, call the office at 803-775-2363 or visit www.RedCross.org/SC.
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 www.redcross.org/sc or follow us at @RedCrossSC