MACON, GA - The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors on Aug. 22, 2010.
The Red Cross closely monitors national and local blood supplies to ensure donations are keeping pace with hospital need for blood products in order to meet ongoing and emergency patient care.
"There is a critical need for blood donors now," said Randy Edwards, CEO for the Southern Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. "This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community's hospitals and the patients they serve."
Meeting this need is particularly challenging now since the extremely high temperatures are keeping donors inside, most schools are not in session to hold blood drives and we are experiencing a high number of donors who are unable to keep their appointments.
Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with type O negative. Red Cross officials say type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. That's because type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.
Every day, more than 39,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the United States. Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, people with blood disorders, premature babies, transplant recipients, trauma victims and more. Each whole blood donation can help save up to three lives.
"We urge people to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now," said Edwards. "Chances are, someone is counting on you right now for their very life."
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION CENTERS IN YOUR AREA:
Columbus Donor Center: 7490 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA 31909
Macon Donor Center: 3755 Bloomfield Rd., Suite 12B, Macon, GA 31206
UPCOMING AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES IN YOUR AREA:
8/24/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Georgia College and State University Student Activity Center, 331 West Hancock Street
8/25/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Georgia College and State University Student Activity Center, 331 West Hancock Street
8/28/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Milledgeville Mall, 2400 North Columbia Street
8/26/2010: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Lighthouse Baptist Church Sanctuary, 4770 Sardis Church Road
9/3/2010: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, MCCG Employee Blood Donation, 746 Spring St.
8/24/2010: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Chattahoochee County High School, 360 Highway 26
9/3/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Walmart Supercenter #1018, 1099 Indian Drive
8/27/2010: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Dooly County High School ROTC Building, 715 N 3rd Street (Hwy 41N)
8/27/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Belk Matthews Galleria Mall, 2950 Watson Boulevard
8/23/2010: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Northwest Tower, 1601 Watson Boulevard
8/26/2010: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Rock Springs Church, 219 Rock Springs Road
8/30/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Middle Georgia College Dublin Center, 101 Kellam Road
8/23/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Gresco Utility Supply Inc., 1135 Rumble Road
8/24/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Walmart Store #907, 180 N. Lee Street
8/30/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM, New Providence Baptist Church, 2560 Hwy. 41 South
9/2/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Forsyth City Hall Annex, 26 N. Jackson Street
8/25/2010: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Morningside Baptist Church, 6065 Morningside Drive
8/30/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Columbus Technical College, 928 45th Street
8/31/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Troy University, 506 Manchester Expressway, Suite B 22
9/1/2010: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Columbus State University, 4225 University Ave
8/26/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM, New Hope Baptist Church, 4050 Roanoke Road
8/28/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, LaGrange Mall, 1501 LaFayette Parkway
9/2/2010: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, LaGrange Nursing and Rehab, 2111 West Point Road
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Southern Blood Services Region serves over 160 counties and needs to collect 1,200 units of blood a day to meet patient need in more than 120 hospitals. In addition to supplying nearly half of the nation's blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.