To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org.
According to the American Red Cross, the current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast.
Blood shortages often occur in the summer because individual donations decrease, along with the number of organizations that are able to sponsor blood drives.
"Collecting enough blood to meet hospitals' needs during the summer is always a challenge," stated Joyce Brendel, interim chief executive officer, American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. "This is especially true this year as many donors are also dealing with business closings, lay-offs and other issues relating to our current economy. Unfortunately, the need for blood doesn't go away."
Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors with type O (positive and negative), B negative and A negative blood should consider an automated red cell donation, a process in which only red cells are donated.