Donate blood through the Red Cross in final weeks of summer
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.
Blood donations often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. On average, during the summer months, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed.
Donations are needed now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Donors with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to donate. Plasma from type AB donors can be transfused to patients of any blood type, as can type O negative blood. Type B negative and A negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. These are the most in demand blood types and are in constant need.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
August 25: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Georgia Pacific, 126 A Avenue
August 26: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Darlington County Institute of Technology, 160 Pinedale Drive
August 27: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Darlington County Institute of Technology, 160 Pinedale Drive
August 24: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 104 East Home Ave.
American Red Cross Florence Blood Donation Center, 1555-B West Palmetto St.
Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m; Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.