Red Cross still in urgent need of blood, upcoming drives happening in Sumter

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 8/9/18

The American Red Cross is still in urgent need of blood and platelet donations to help end an emergency shortage that began last month, and there are upcoming blood drives happening in Sumter.

A critical need, especially for type O, remains as …

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The American Red Cross is still in urgent need of blood and platelet donations to help end an emergency shortage that began last month, and there are upcoming blood drives happening in Sumter.

A critical need, especially for type O, remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for the start of school, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.

Anyone who donates blood or platelets in August will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email.

To make an appointment, download the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can safely be given every 56 days, according to the organization.

Upcoming blood drives in Sumter

- Thursday, Aug. 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Palmetto Health Tuomey, 129 N. Washington St.

- Saturday, Aug. 18: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lakewood Baptist Church, 3140 Nazarene Church Road

- Wednesday, Aug. 22: noon-5 p.m., Shaw Army Central, 1 Gabreski Drive

- Thursday, Aug. 23: 2-7 p.m., Pocalla Church, 1214 S. Guignard Drive

- Thursday, Aug. 30: 2-7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 219 W. Calhoun St.

What do I need to donate?

All blood types are welcomed for donations 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 old (in most states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate.

High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger also have to meet certain criteria and weight requirements.