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Roll up your sleeve and give

POSTED: January 26, 2008 5:00 a.m.

For some reason, blood donations tend to dwindle during the winter. That’s the case again this year, as the American Red Cross announced earlier this week that it is facing a severe shortage of several blood types.

"Supplies of O negative, O positive, A negative and B positive blood are currently at less than a day’s supply despite repeated calls to donors to give blood over the past month," said a press release from the Red Cross’ Southern Region, which is encouraging people to donate as soon as possible.

There is a constant need for all blood types, according to Randy Edwards. Edwards, the chief executive oficer of the American Red Cross Blodd Services, Southern Region, said "at times like this when there is a potential shortage of the most widely used blood types on the shelves, it is felt across the region. We need people to come out and donate."

Donors, who must be at least 17 and weigh 110 pounds or more, can visit www.givebloodredcross to find out when and where blood drives are being held or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. The Southern Region needs 1,200 donations a day to be able to supply more than 130 hospitals and health care facilities in the state.

We’d also like to encourge folks to roll up their sleeves and give. After all, what if your child, or your wife, or your mother or father were involved in a car wreck and needed a blood transfusion to save their life - and there wasn’t any?


Bryan County News

Jan. 12, 2007

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