12 August, 2017
The American Red Cross overcome a chronic late-summer blood shortage by donating on Monday, Aug. 28, at Tidelands HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness in Pawleys Island.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross will be emailed a $5 eGiftCard. But more donations are need to meet patient needs and to replenish the blood supply. Additional information and details are available at redcrossblood.org/summer. The Red Cross is the only blood bank that also provides disaster response and safety services that the community relies on. The Red Cross mad an emergency appeal for donor of all blood types in July, which resulted in a 30 percent increase in donation appointments.
"We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs". A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Blood donors must be in general good health and feeling well, be at least 17-years-old and be at least 110 pounds.