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Red Cross Giving Back on Giving Day

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“We want to show our Lowcountry community that we appreciate their support" - Louise Welch WIlliams

As part of Lowcountry Giving Day, the local American Red Cross is giving back to the community that supports them throughout the year.  On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Lowcountry SC Chapter is hosting “Giving Back on Giving Day,” a free community event.

“We touch the lives of one in every four people in South Carolina. Without the support of the community, through volunteers, donations, and more, we would not be able to provide care and comfort for our friends and neighbors when they need it the most,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive for the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross. “We want to show our Lowcountry community that we appreciate their support both on May 5th and throughout the year.”

During this event, the community is invited to attend free Citizen CPR training. Participants learn the “hands-only” method of CPR during a 30-minute session and receive a certificate of completion. Classes begin on the hour and no pre-registration is necessary.

Those interested in donating blood will be able to visit the bloodmobile at the Lowcountry SC Chapter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Volunteers will also be demonstrating the new Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App which gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

Other activities include tours of the Emergency Response Vehicle and information on creating an emergency kit.

The event is Tuesday, May 5, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lowcountry SC Chapter of the American Red Cross, located at 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston.

On average in South Carolina, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, last year the Red Cross was able to help more than 7,000 individuals state-wide affected by disasters. 

To help neighbors affected by disasters become a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial contribution to the Red Cross by visiting www.redcross.org/SC or during Giving Day on May 5.