Lowcountry blood drive collects nearly 50 pints

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two Lowcountry hospitals took part in a blood drive today as part of The American Red Cross' goal to boost low donor numbers.

Trident Medical Center and the Summerville Medical Center both exceeded their set goals Thursday for blood donations. Trident received 25 units of blood and Summerville collected 23 units.

A unit of blood is equal to about one pint.

The American Red Cross says that blood levels are a lot lower this year compared to last year, and they are in urgent need for types 'O Negative', 'O Positive', 'B Negative' and 'A Negative'.

Officials say donations are down 10 percent this year across the country, which equates to roughly 50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected.

A pint of blood can save up to three lives.

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