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Emergency need for your blood donation

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The American Red Cross supplies blood to 14 hospitals in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee area.

The organization recently announced an emergency need for donors, after a seeing a shortfall in blood donors last month

According to Lauren T. Way, a spokeswoman with the Red Cross, every blood donor can help save up to three lives and they're calling out to the community to make the difference. The blood is needed for accident victims, surgery patients, premature babies and cancer treatments and right now there's a need for all blood types.

In the Grand Strand blood donations are down 11% for the month of June and in the Pee Dee, it's down 18%.  According to Chasity Humphries, Donor Recruitment Representative with the Red Cross, this is probably because a lot of the usual donors got an early start to summer activities and with the Independence Day holiday falling mid-week, people are taking extended vacations, leaving employers to hold off on hosting blood drives.

But for places like Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, they're still hosting blood drives and are hoping donors will turn out to help fill the gap.

"There's really a big, big need right now. We here at the hospital we have a blood drive every couple of months. We're a trauma center here, so I know we use a lot of the blood," said Jennifer Torzo, Red Cross coordinator for Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

Otis Stevenson works at the blood bank for Grand Strand Regional and says he sees the importance of blood donations every day on the job and that's why he chose to done at Tuesday's blood drive.

"I see that first hand from traumas and surgeries. So it's very important that we donate blood," said Stevenson.

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. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or find blood donation opportunities in your community.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

July 2

Family & Friends at Myrtle Beach Donation Center

7747 North Kings Highway

9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

July 3

Family & Friends at Florence Donation Center

1555-B West Palmetto Street

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Florence Donation Center 

1555-B West Palmetto Street

Whole Blood

Monday: closed

Tuesday and Wednesday: noon to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday: closed

Platelets

Monday through Thursday: noon to 6 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Blood Drives – additional blood drives can be found at www.redcrossblood.org.

June 26

St. Paul United Methodist Church

306 West Main Street, Chesterfield

2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Turbeville Correctional

1587 Clarence Coker Highway, Turbeville

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 27

Cornerstone Baptist Church

2930 Master's Way, Darlington

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

June 29

Chase

2210 Enterprise Road, Florence

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

June 30

Coward Recreation and Community Center

109 East Friendfield Road, Coward

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

July 2

First United Methodist Church

117 Third Street, Cheraw

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

July 3

Family and Friends Blood Drive at the Florence Donation Center

1555-B West Palmetto Street, Florence

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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