How to save a life: American Red Cross announces area blood drives

There is a chronic blood shortage as donations are down and all blood types are needed

There is a chronic blood shortage as donations are down and all blood types are needed

The American Red Cross overcome a chronic late-summer blood shortage by donating on Monday, Aug. 28, at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness in Pawleys Island.

The Red Cross regularly experiences a blood shortage in August when regular donors may delay giving due to summer vacations or the back-to-school rush.

As a special incentive, those who give blood or platelets from now until August 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

To locate a drive near you log onto or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS
To locate a drive near you log onto or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS

The need is urgent and the American Red Cross is urging people to donate at a blood donor day near them. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Those with the following blood types are invited to donate: O-, O+, A-, B-. Additional information and details are available at redcrossblood.org/summer.

Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are encouraged to ensure that everyone is seen quickly. The Red Cross is the only blood bank that also provides disaster response and safety services that the community relies on. "We are committed to strengthening our community and to that end meet community needs through blood donations", said Barbara Timm, Director of Programs.

Latest News