Red Cross breaks ground on new North Charleston facility

(Source: Red Cross)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -{}The American Red Cross and Mayor Keith Summey broke ground Wednesday on their new building that will be the future home of the Red Cross in the City of North Charleston.

The new building will be centrally located in the City of North Charleston at 2424 City Hall Drive and will provide the Red Cross with over 10,000 square-feet of office, educational, training and storage space to better serve its clients across the Lowcountry.{}

The new building is scheduled to open in December 2013.

"The new facility will be a place for our volunteers to come together and learn," said Mason Holland, board chair, American Red Cross, Carolina Lowcountry Chapter. "The opportunity to expand our volunteer base and their knowledge will increase our capacity to support our Lowcountry 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through lifesaving education and response. The centralized location in North Charleston will allow for a more efficient response to disasters across our region and will allow us to better serve our community."

The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties and is part of the Palmetto SC Region. The Red Cross provides food, shelter and emotional support after disasters, assists members of our armed forces and their families, teaches lifesaving skills and supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood.