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Columbus Red Cross hosts blood drive to benefit disaster victims

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Several people came out Tuesday to help the victims of the nation's recent tragedies.

The Columbus chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a blood drive Tuesday. Although it was scheduled long before the Boston, Texas, and Oklahoma tragedies, the blood can be distributed to those regions as needed. The blood is first collected for our local area.

The Red Cross says there is not a dire need for blood because of these situations but there is always a constant, ongoing need for blood donations in general. The organization is especially looking for "Type O" donors. "Type O" blood can be used in emergencies.

We spoke with Dr. Z. Allen Abbot, the executive director of the American Red Cross in Columbus, about how donated blood is rationed out.

The Red Cross center is located at 7490 Veterans Pkwy and is open every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Here are those times if you would like to stop by and give blood:

Monday & Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday: closed

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