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Blood donations needed before Labor Day

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Submitted by Kristen Stancil

    The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.

Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays.
    With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer. To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1 will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.
    To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
    August 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Air Line Baptist Church, 3368 White Sulphur Rd., Gainesville
    August 21 from 12-5 p.m. at Walmart SuperCenter, 1572 Anderson Hwy., Hartwell
    August 22 from 2-7 p.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 5410 Hwy. 197 S, Clarksville
    August 25 from 3-7 p.m. at Kroger, 1931 Jesse Jewell Pkwy., Gainesville
    August 26 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Piedmont College - Student Center Gym, 165 Central Ave., Demorest
    August 28 from 12:30-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 25 Church St., Cleveland
    American Red Cross Blood Donation Center at 311 Jesse Jewell Parkway SW, Gainesville
    • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 12-7 p.m.
    • Thursday CLOSED
    • Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Sunday CLOSED
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 consent 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.

About the Red Cross
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

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