Emergency need for blood donations to Red Cross

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months leaving less than 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, according to a release from the American Red Cross. Due to this, the Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging eligible donors to give to help replenish the low supply. All blood types are needed.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment, Southern Blood Services Region. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

You can schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit their website or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767). There will be extended hours at many sites to allow more donors to make an appointment.

It is suggested that donors use donation appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire to avoid longer wait times. If for any reason you can’t give blood, you are encouraged to reach out to others through a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup, volunteer or make financial donations to support Red Cross humanitarian work.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

7/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn St. Savannah
7/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/5/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun City Pinckney Hall, 114 Sun City Lane Bluffton
7/6/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/6/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Effingham YMCA, 1224 Patriot Drive Rincon
7/6/2016: 1 – 6 p.m., Hazlehurst Center, 180 Burketts Ferry Road Hazlehurst
7/6/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Bluffton Self Help, 59 Sheridan Park Circle Bluffton
7/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Delta Air Lines, 400 Airways Ave. Savannah
7/7/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/7/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savannah Technical College, 100 Technical Drive Hinesville
7/8/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd. Savannah
7/8/2016: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Meadows Regional Medical Center, One Meadows Parkway Vidalia
7/9/2016: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/9/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St. Savannah
7/11/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/11/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah
7/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/12/2016: 12 – 6 p.m., Vidalia Community Center, 107 Old Airport Road Vidalia
7/13/2016: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Brooklet United Methodist Church, 201 Parker Ave. Brooklet
7/13/2016: 12 – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Savannah Chapter, 41 Park of Commerce Way, Building 200 Savannah
7/13/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/14/2016: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307 Statesboro
7/14/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/14/2016: 12 – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 240 West Main St. Swainsboro
7/14/2016: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m., Cail Recreation Center, 320 Millen Road Sylvania
7/15/2016: 1 – 6 p.m., Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds, 16908 Highway 67 South Statesboro
7/15/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds Ave. Savannah
7/15/2016: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., City of Hinesville, 115 East M.L. King Drive Hinesville
7/16/2016: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walmart, 3109 East First St. Vidalia
7/18/2016: 1 – 6 p.m., Metter Community Center, 435 N. Rountree St. Metter
7/18/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/19/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Springfield, 1435 Highway 119 North Springfield
7/19/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., Hazlehurst First Baptist Church, 30 N Tallahassee St. Hazlehurst
7/19/2016: 12 – 5 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 415 East Cherry St. Jesup
7/20/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/20/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Southeastern Technical College, 346 Kite Road Swainsboro
7/20/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wayne Memorial Hospital, 865 South First St. Jesup
7/21/2016: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307 Statesboro
7/21/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., Faulkville Baptist Church, 144 Zeigler Road Bloomingdale
7/21/2016: 12 – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/21/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, 91 S. Cromartie St. Hazlehurst
7/21/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hilton Head Island Town Hall, 1 Town Center Court Hilton Head
7/22/2016: 1:30 – 6:30 p.m., Verizon, 890 Buckhead Drive Statesboro
7/22/2016: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/22/2016: 2 – 7 p.m., Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave. Savannah
7/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Golis Family Jewelers, 1008 Fording Island Road Bluffton
7/23/2016: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah
7/25/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave. Savannah

 

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