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American Red Cross announces Famously Hot blood drive

Man donating blood at the Red Cross

COLUMBIA, S.C., June 2, 2014 – The American Red Cross S.C. Blood Services Region Board of Directors and the Columbia Regional Visitors Center are teaming up for the fifth annual Famously Hot blood drive and proclaiming, “it’s cool to give.” The event will be held 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

All presenting donors will receive a free Famously Hot Blood Drive T-shirt courtesy of Turner Padget, AT&T, Benedict College and Carolina International Trucks.

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

It is often difficult to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs during the summer months when schools are out and many families are on vacation. By giving blood at the Famously Hot blood drive, donors will give patients in need hope and a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Blood is needed for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. Patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing blood. The need is constant.

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. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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.