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With blood donation levels much lower than expected this summer, the Red Cross has issued an emergency request for donors with all blood types.

Last summer, blood donations were lower than expected as well, but this year is worse.

Officials say that, locally, there is less than a day supply of blood. Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. is in need of a blood transfusion.

Steven Tennant, Donor Recruitement Representative with American Red Cross, explains the benefits of blood donations. "Each unit of blood provides up to three life-saving blood products. We get a little bit of platelets, and some plasma, and some red cells from that, so every single unit of blood saves up to three lives."  

There are several options for donating blood in the Chattahoochee Valley area. 

In Columbus, there is a blood drive today, July 10, at the new City Services Building on Macon Road from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In Auburn, Baptist Campus Ministries is hosting a blood drive today until 4 p.m. There will also be one at the Auburn University Student Center on July 25 at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, July 28, Trinity United Methodist Church will host a blood drive at 9 a.m.

Donors can also make appointments to give blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by visiting their website.

Officials said donating takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and they offer donors refreshments at the end.

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