Nationwide blood shortage calls for donors

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A severe blood shortage has struck the country. The American Red Cross says they need donor now to avoid delays in lifesaving care for patients

Blood drives are being held almost daily to encourage the public to give something more important than store bought gifts this holiday season.

The American Red Cross says the shortage comes after Hurricanes Michael and Florence forced the Red Cross the cancel blood drives in September and October.

“There are people out there who are in need of blood. And it’s not fair to them,” 18-year-old, Nadia Kingsley- Richard said.

During those two months, a spokesperson tells me they collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations. Richard decided to lend a helping vein to the cause.

“I had never donated blood before. So I was just kind of like I’ll do it for my first time,” Richard says.

After going through the primary stages she found out her hemoglobin count was too low.

It was just below the 12.5 requirements to donate.

“The first time we tested it was 12.4. The second time we tested it was 12.3. It has to do with iron and being anemic which I’m not but to give blood it has to be a 12.5 for women,” Richard says.

Hearing her story about how she wanted to donate but couldn’t encouraged me to give blood.

Which was a quick and easy process. After a small- pinch, I donated 16 ounces of blood.

The Red Cross is urging anyone who is able to donate to make a difference.

UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVES:

November 16: Oglethorpe Charter School, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

November 20:  Bryan County Emergency Services, Richmond Hill and Pembroke, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

November 23:  Starbucks Pooler, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

November 23: Liberty Regional Medical Center, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

November 29: Faulkville Baptist Bloomingdale,  2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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