Each day, the Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations. We train. We mobilize. We connect donors and volunteers to those in urgent need of a helping hand. Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack; a call for blood or a call for help, the American Red Cross is there.
American Red Cross disaster volunteer teams work around the clock in our neighborhoods when disasters strike. Whether it's a house fire or tornado, the Red Cross is there to make sure your community begins recovering. From counseling to clean-up kits and from shelters to shoulders, our Palmetto South Carolina Region Disaster Action Teams embodies the heart of the Red Cross mission. They train year-round to stand beside our neighbors in order to alleviate the suffering caused by disasters.
Want to know what to do if you are faced with an emergency? The American Red Cross offers training courses throughout the state of South Carolina in first aid, CPR, AED, water safety, babysitting and other areas for both individuals and organizations. Many courses offer online self-study classes, or you can register for a classroom course. We train to prevent emergencies and prepare you to handle one, if ever needed.
Families from across the world lose communication when separated due to war, natural disaster or vulnerabilities due to ill health or age, but there is hope. Reconnections made through the partnership between the American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement restore communication and give hope to those displaced from their loved ones.
If you have a family member serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and you experience a crisis, the American Red Cross is here for you. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the Red Cross sends emergency communications to service members, in training or deployed, in order to keep them connected to their homes. American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region is here to serve your family while your family serves our country.
The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying more than 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country.
Each year, the volunteers and employees of American Red Cross Blood Services collect approximately 6.5 million units of blood, from roughly 4 million generous volunteer blood donors. From these donations, the Red Cross is able to distribute around 9.5 million blood products each year, including 6 million units of red blood cells, to patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
Our blood donors are ordinary people – high school students, factory and office workers, business executives, parents and grandparents, and people from every walk of life. But they share one thing – a generous spirit, a desire to give back to their community and help others. Blood donors play an integral role in the delivery of modern healthcare. Many life-saving medical treatments and procedures involve blood transfusions and would not be possible without a safe and reliable blood supply.
The Red Cross is also a leader in research and testing to protect the safety of the blood supply. We were among the first to develop and implement testing for many infectious diseases including, HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, West Nile virus, and more recently the agent of Chagas disease.
If you already donate blood, thank you! You are making a lifesaving contribution that benefits accident victims, cancer patients, surgical candidates, children with blood disorders and many others. If you have never donated blood, please consider doing so. Your donations are always in high demand. Find a local blood drive.
Our mission succeeds because of our volunteers. They constitute about 95 percent of the American Red Cross workforce and because of their dedication, skills and training, we can respond at the critical moment, teach the lifesaving courses, deliver urgent military family messages, help reconnect family members separated by war and disaster around the world and communicate the Red Cross mission to our friends and neighbors in our community.