Summer Months Increase Need for Blood Donors

Urgent Blood Shortage (Image 1)
Urgent Blood Shortage (Image 1)

The national blood supply drops every summer as vacations and warm-weather activities lull regular donors out of their routine. Shepeard Community Blood Center is asking the community to roll up their sleeves to help critically ill patients this summer at local hospitals.

“Not all people realize that blood has to be collected, processed, tested and ready for someone before that person actually needs it,” said Claire Rossie, spokesperson for Shepeard Community Blood Center.  “That is why we desperately need donors now to prepare for the summer months.”

Shepeard Community Blood Center is the contracted provider of blood and blood products for critically ill patients at 21 local hospitals and the regional burn center serving South Carolina and Georgia.

“If you are healthy and can make time to donate today, please do,” said Rossie.

All healthy people weighing at least 110 pounds and at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental consent, can come to one of Shepeard's center locations to donate or visit to find community blood drives in your area this month. Please be sure to eat a good, healthy meal and drink plenty of water before and after your donation.

Shepeard Community Blood Center – Augusta
1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shepeard Community Blood Center – Evans
4329 Washington Road, Evans, GA 30809
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Shepeard Community Blood Center – Aiken
(in the Hitchcock Plaza Shopping Center)
353 Fabian Drive, Aiken, SC 29803
Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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