Red Cross calls for blood donations in summer shortage

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An American Red Cross employee draws blood from a donor at a blood drive at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 14, 2016. The wing’s company grade officers council hosted the event as a way for unit members to give back to their communities. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan […]

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The American Red Cross is encouraging blood donors to give in the wake of the summer donation shortage.

Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gatherings.

A critical shortage of blood donations may lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

Several blood drives are available throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry through the weekend to combat this shortage.

Take a look at the list below to see if there is a drive near you or enter your zip code on the American Red Cross website.Thursday, July 6Savannah Blood Donation Center

25 Tibet Ave

Savannah, Ga 31406

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm

(Blood & Platelets)Memorial Health University Medical Center

4700 Waters Avenue

Savannah, Ga 31405

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(Blood only)Columbia Blood Donation Center

2751 Bull St

Columbia, S.C. 29201

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Blood, Platelets & Power Red)Friday, July 7Savannah Blood Donation Center

25 Tibet Ave

Savannah, Ga 31406

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm

(Blood & Platelets)Columbia Blood Donation Center

2751 Bull St

Columbia, S.C. 29201

6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Blood, Platelets & Power Red)Walmart

321 Killian Road

Columbia, S.C. 29203

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Blood & Power Red)Saturday, July 8Savannah Blood Donation Center

25 Tibet Ave

Savannah, Ga 31406

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm

(Blood & Platelets)Columbia Blood Donation Center

2751 Bull St

Columbia, S.C. 29201

6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(Blood, Platelets & Power Red)Sunday, July 9Columbia Blood Donation Center

2751 Bull St

Columbia, S.C. 29201

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(Platelets)

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