MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Several upcoming blood donation opportunities have been scheduled due to many blood drive cancellations.
Severe weather played a part in the cancellations, in addition to the flu preventing regular donors from donating, according to the American Red Cross.
Healthy and diverse donors are needed and important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one's blood type, and some blood types are unique to specific ethnic and racial groups. Those with rare blood types must have a very close blood match for those who need repeated transfusions; therefore, patients will less likely have complications from blood donated by someone who has a similar ethnicity.
Type O negative, A negative, and B negative are especially needed for donation; however, all blood types are needed. To schedule an appointment and learn more about donating blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Feb. 16-28:
American Red Cross Myrtle Beach Blood Donation Center, The Plaza at Carolina Forest, 3681 Renee Drive, Unit 4
Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
2/26/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., McLeod Medical Center Dillon, 301 East Jackson St.
2/19/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walmart, PO Box 2046
2/23/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., HealthPoint, 12965 Ocean Highway
2/20/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Conway Medical Center, 300 Singleton Ridge Road
2/26/2015: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Horry Telephone Cooperative, 3480 Hwy 701 North
2/21/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Garden City Baptist Church, 501 Pine Ave.
2/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, 809 82nd Parkway
2/24/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., South Strand Complex, 9630 Scipio Lane
2/25/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Horry County Complex Olin B. Blanton Building, 1201 21st Ave. North, Olin B. Blanton Building
North Myrtle Beach
2/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Ave. North
2/27/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Century 21 Thomas, 625 Sea Mountain Highway
2/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. North