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Red Cross issues urgent need for blood donors

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/WMBF) – The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors on Monday.

Officials said the American Red Cross is seeing a shortage of blood donations due to high temperatures, the lack of school-sponsored blood drives and broken blood donation appointments.

"There is a critical need for blood donors now," Delisa English, chief executive officer for the South Carolina Blood Services Region, said. "This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community's hospitals and the patients they serve."

The following are upcoming blood drives across the Lowcountry:

MUSC Donor Center: 171 Ashley Ave.

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

West Ashley Donor Center: 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

  • Tuesday: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Donor Center: 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Suite A

  • Tuesday (open on 8/24 only): noon – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: noon-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Red Cross officials said while all blood types are needed, those with type O negative blood are the most crucial. English said O-negative donors can make a difference in blood supply and during a shortage.

Type O negative blood, according to the Red Cross, can be transfused to patients with any blood type. It is readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.

"We urge people to make and keep an appointment to donate blood now," English said. "Chances are, someone is counting on you right now for their very life."

Every day, more than 39,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the U.S. and each whole blood donation can save up to three lives.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, donors are asked to call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

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