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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
Published:
7/22/2014 1:15:47 PM


 

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.

“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Ryan Corcoran, Community CEO for the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

Local blood centers and upcoming blood drives by county:

Mount Pleasant Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard

Blood donation hours

Sunday: closed

Monday: closed

Tuesday: closed

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Platelet donation hours

Sunday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: closed

Friday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

West Ashley Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

Blood donation hours

Sunday: closed

Monday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Platelet donation hours

Sunday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: closed

Friday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Berkeley

Bonneau

July 28, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Oak Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2346 N. Highway 17A

 

Charleston

July 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: SPARC, 2387 Clements Ferry Road

July 29, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Bishop England, 363 Seven Farms Drive

 

Goose Creek

July 22, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Harbour Lake Baptist Church, 1056 Redbank Road

 

Moncks Corner

July 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner, 112 East Main St.

 

Saint Stephen

July 22, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Christian Outreach Ministries, 3458 N. Highway 52

July 29, 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Albany International, 300 Albany Drive

 

Charleston

Charleston

July 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Life Cycle Engineering, 4360 Corporate Road

July 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave.

July 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Physician's Auditorium Promenade, College of Charleston 66 George St.

July 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: City of Charleston, 1451 King St. Ext.

July 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave.

July 30, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Roper Hospital, 3165 Calhoun St.

July 31, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.: ABC News 4 Blood Drive at the Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

 

Folly Beach

July 27, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Folly Beach Community, 55 Center St.

 

Mount Pleasant

July 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Johnson & Johnson Inc., Managers, 200 Wingo Way Suite 200

Aug. 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Hibben United Methodist Church, 690 Coleman Boulevard

 

North Charleston

July 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane PO Box 190016

July 24, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Goodwill Industries, 2150 Eagle Drive, Building 100

July 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Lowcountry Food Bank, 2864 Azalea Drive

July 30, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Life Point, 3950 Faber Place

July 31, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.: ABC News 4 Blood Drive at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Boulevard, # 60

Aug. 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Arabian Temple, 4132 Rivers Ave.

Aug. 3, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: North Palm Community Church, 7167 Breyhawk Circle

 

Dorchester

Ridgeville

July 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Spring Hill United Methodist Church, 2589 Old Gilliard Road

 

Saint George

July 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Dorchester County Government, 201 Johnston St.

 

Summerville

Aug. 4, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.: St. John the Beloved, 28 Sumter Ave.

Aug. 5, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.: Seacoast Christian Church-Summerville, 301 East 5th North St.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


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