Aiken Standard, Amentum, City of Aiken, Savannah River Mission Completion, and the American Red Cross are partnering to host the Third Annual Aiken Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 25 at Amentum Center for Performing Arts

  • Appointments are encouraged. To schedule yours, use the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) with the sponsor code AIKENGIVES.
  • Third Annual Aiken Community Blood Drive – Wednesday, May 25 – Amentum Center for Performing Arts from 9 am to 6 pm
  • 126 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801

In thanks for springing into action, all who come to give blood at the Aiken Community Blood Drive will receive a $10 e-gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane plus a Red Cross goodie bag.

As summer nears, blood donations are critically important in the weeks ahead to maintain a stable blood supply. When schools let out and families set off on vacation, the American Red Cross typically sees a decline in donors, often leading to a seasonal blood shortage.

  • The need for lifesaving blood transfusions never takes a break. It’s important to have blood ready to go when every second counts.
  • With no substitution for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for patients with sickle cell disease, car accident victims and parents experiencing difficult child birth

The Red Cross encourages the public to commit to a simple act with a powerful impact – giving blood for patients in need.

  • All who come to give blood May 20 – May 25 will receive a $10 e-gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane plus a Red Cross goodie bag.
  • Make an appointment to give blood as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlooorg or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  • The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and faciliti Staff and donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, though individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason.
  • Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are still eligible to donate bloo Knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they receive is important in determining blood donation eligibility.
  • The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodi Plasma from donations that meet the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for convalescent plasma may be used to treat immunocompromised patients battling COVID-19.

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the Red Cross reminds donors it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives during emergencies. Type O blood donors are especially needed.

  • While no one can predict when an accident might happen, donors can help hospitals stay prepared and stocked with blood product Donors are encouraged to be someone’s lifesaver and schedule a donation appointment now.
  • A person involved in a car accident may need as many as 100 units of blood.
  • Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situation
  • Type O positive blood is the most used blood type because it can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood typ