Red Cross: Critical Need for Blood

Aug 10, 2018

The Red Cross is continuing to experience a decline in donations as many regular donors delay giving to take final vacations, and prepare for the state of school.

The emergency shortage began last month and Red Cross officials say a critical need remains, especially for type ‘O’ blood. As a thank-you, those that give blood through August 30 will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card via email.

Ronnika McFall is with Red Cross Communications; she says it’s easy to find a donation location near you.

“So, it’s a super easy process, you can go to www.redcrossblood.org, enter in your zip code and you can see all the local blood drives in your area,” McFall said.

Critical need for blood

McFall says the need is dire.

“It is crucial the Red Cross has a sufficient blood supply on hand to meet the need of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies.”

Blood can be safely given every 56 days and Power Red Donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 16-31 GA

Clarke

Athens

8/9/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Center

8/10/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Center

8/11/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/12/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/13/2018: 12:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/14/2018: 12:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

Athens

8/15/2018: 12:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/16/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/17/2018: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/18/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/19/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/20/2018: 12:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Athens Blood Donation Center, Clark Crossing Shopping Ctr

8/20/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., University of Georgia Catholic Center, 1344 South Lumpkin Street

Oconee

Watkinsville

8/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oconee Veterans Park Community Center, 3500 Hog Mountain Road

Barrow

Auburn

8/17/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Auburn Masonic Lodge 230, 64 Autry

Bethlehem

8/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Publix Bethlehem, Barrow Crossing Shopping Center, 916 Loganville Hw