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Red Cross seeks blood donors in weeks leading up to summer

Source: American Red Cross Source: American Red Cross

Below is a news release from the American Red Cross:

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (May 5, 2015 - PRESS RELEASE) — The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

Blood and platelet donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session, but the need for blood is constant. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to summer to help alleviate this seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who come to donate blood between May 23 and May 25, 2015, will receive a limited-edition Red Cross-branded RuMe® tote bag, while supplies last.

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).

Blood donation opportunities May 16-31:

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.

Georgetown

Pawleys Island

5/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Peter's Lutheran Church- Pawleys Island, 65 Crooked Oak Drive

Horry

Conway

5/20/2015: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Horry Telephone Cooperative, 3480 Highway 701 North

5/27/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., City of Conway Parks, Recreation and Tourism, 1515 Mill Pond Road

5/31/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church- Conway, 1001 5th Ave.

Galivants Ferry

5/28/2015: 6:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Midland Elementary School, 3011 Nichols Highway

Murrells Inlet

5/19/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Belin United Methodist Church, 4183 Highway 17 Business

Myrtle Beach

5/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Recreation Building, 6001 South Kings Highway

North Myrtle Beach

5/29/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Walmart-Myrtle Beach North, 550 Highway 17 North

Surfside Beach

5/28/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Surfside United Methodist Church, 800 13th Ave. North

Williamsburg

Kingstree

5/27/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kingstree Town Hall, 401 N. Longstreet St.

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.

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