The American Red Cross calls on eligible donors with all blood types to help maintain a sufficient blood supply this summer

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014

The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don't get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Blood drive centers and blood drives by county, Aug. 1-15:

Mount Pleasant Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard

Blood donation hours

Sunday: closed

Monday: closed

Tuesday: closed

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.


Platelet donation hours

Sunday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: closed

Friday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.


West Ashley Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard

Blood donation hours

Sunday: closed

Monday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.


Platelet donation hours

Sunday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: closed

Friday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m.


Berkeley

Charleston

Aug. 8: 3-8 p.m., Charleston Battery, 1990 Daniel Island Drive

Aug. 10: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 363 Seven Farms Drive

Aug. 14: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Blackbaud, 2000 Daniel Island Drive


Goose Creek

Aug. 15: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., City of Goose Creek, 519 N. Goose Creek Boulevard


Pinopolis

Aug. 10: noon-5 p.m., Pinopolis United Methodist Church, 1833 Pinopolis Road


Charleston

Charleston

Aug. 7: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cook Bonner Construction, 147 Wappoo Creek Drive Suite #302

Aug. 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave.

Aug. 12: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Army Corps of Engineers, 69A Hagood Ave.

Aug. 14: noon-5 p.m., Marine Resources, 217 Fort Johnson Road

Aug. 15: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave.


Mount Pleasant

Aug. 5: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hibben United Methodist Church, 690 Coleman Boulevard


North Charleston

Aug. 2: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Arabian Temple, 4132 Rivers Ave.

Aug. 3: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., North Palm Community Church, 7167 Breyhawk Circle

Aug. 12: 3-8 p.m., Charleston County Detention Center, 3841 Leeds Ave.


Colleton

Walterboro

Aug. 14: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Colleton Medical Center, 501 Robertson Boulevard


Dorchester

Summerville

Aug. 4: 2-6 p.m., St. John the Beloved, 28 Sumter Ave.

Aug. 5: 2-7 p.m., Seacoast Christian Church-Summerville, 301 East 5th North Street

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed 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 of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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