Local Red Cross to host free community event next week as part of Lowcountry Giving Day

The Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a “Giving Back on Giving Day” event for the community on Tuesday.

As part of Lowcountry Giving Day, people are invited to the North Charleston Red Cross facility for a number of free events, including CPR training and emergency response vehicle tours.

“We touch the lives of one in every four people in South Carolina,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive for the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross. “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.”

The Red Cross responds to a disaster every four hours on average in the state. Last year, the nonprofit helped more than 7,000 people in South Carolina affected by disasters through volunteers and financial assistance.

Participants who attend the CPR class will 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, according to a media release from the organization.

Volunteers will also be demonstrating the new Red Cross Emergency app, which gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information, and ways to contact family and friends from a mobile device.

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

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

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughton.