Posted: Wednesday, August 8th 2012 at 12:55pm
Red Cross blood supply slowly improving
ATLANTA - The American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. However, additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives,” said Randy Edwards, CEO of the Southern Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts.”
Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the Red Cross first issued its appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by approximately 30 percent to date. To keep up the momentum, the organization encourages anyone who has not yet given blood this summer to schedule an appointment and bring just two friends or family members along with them.
Although the number of blood donations has increased, the situation remains tenuous and more donors are needed in the coming weeks. If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect – there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer.
Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.
Upcoming blood donation campaigns in the Gainesville/Atlanta area:
Cumming Library (585 Dahlonega Road, Cumming) blood drive on August 9 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Wood Ace Hardware (4947 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta) blood drive on August 9 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bethel United Methodist Church (100 Lumpkin Campground Road South, Dawsonville) blood drive on August 13 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Salem United Methodist Church (3962 Salem Road, Covington) blood drive on August 13 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Corinth Christian Church (1635 Hwy 81 SW, Loganville) blood drive on August 13 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital (1230 Baxter Street, Athens) blood drive on August 15 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation, Jasper blood drive on August 17 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
New York Life (5965 Cabot Parkway, Alpharetta) blood drive on August 20 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd (3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming) blood drive on August 20 from 1:30 to 7:30 pm
Kroger (191 Alps Road, Athens) blood drive on August 21 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm
American Legion (4635 Atlanta Hwy., Loganville) blood drive August 23 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saint Brendan's Catholic Church (4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming) blood drive on August 26 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
First Baptist Church of Covington (1139 Usher Street, Covington) blood drive on August 30 from 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm
How to Donate Blood
Link: American Red Cross
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