‘Hoop it Up’ Blood Drive aims to help make a difference for patients

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 5, 2019) — This February, community members are invited to join the American Red Cross, City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 9th annual ‘Hoop It Up’ Blood Drive. Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. 


The need for blood is critical this time of year. All eligible donors are urged to give now. In February, extreme winter weather in some parts of the country and seasonal illnesses often make it difficult for the Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply. 


“The need for blood doesn’t pause for a snow day,” said Rebecca Jordan, executive director of the Central SC chapter. “Blood donors are needed now to help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.” 


The Red Cross must collect more than 200 blood donations every day in South Carolina for patients in need. Your donation may give more life to kids fighting cancer, older adults battling chronic illness or accident victims with traumatic injuries. 


All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code famouslyhot.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.