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3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

POSTED: June 18, 2017 9:25 p.m.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 

 

Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

Prepare – Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.

Give – The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

 

Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.  

 

Patients like Anna Schuster might not be here without generous volunteer blood donors. Doctors gave Schuster a 1 percent chance of survival after a collision with a semitrailer. During the first 12 hours after her accident, she received 65 units of blood. Schuster’s road to recovery has been long – 58 surgeries in the 12 years since her accident, including four in the past 14 months, with many of them requiring more blood transfusions.

 

Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. That’s why donors are urged to give now and give often.

 

In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can make an even greater impact by inviting others to join them in giving.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

6/16/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St. Joseph's Hospital, 11705 Mercy Blvd.

Savannah

6/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/16/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Liberty Regional Medical Center, 462 E.G. Miles Parkway

Hinesville

6/17/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/19/2017: 12 - 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/19/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., Reidsville Baptist Church, 146 Brazell St.

Reidsville

6/19/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 415 East Cherry St.

Jesup

6/20/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 201 North Main St.

Baxley

6/20/2017: 3 - 7 p.m., Richmond Hill Fire Department, 9930 Ford Ave.

Richmond Hill

6/20/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ogeechee Technical College, 1 Joe Kennedy Blvd.

Statesboro

6/20/2017: 12 - 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chatham County Courthouse, 133 Montgomery St.

Savannah

6/21/2017: 12 - 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., GA Pacific River Mill, 393 Ft. Howard Road

Rincon

6/22/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 108 North Main St.

Statesboro

6/22/2017: 12 - 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/22/2017: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Hampton Regional Medical Center, 595 West Carolina Ave.

Varnville

6/23/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Rec, 1 Max Lockwood Drive

Statesboro

6/23/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Georgia Ports Authority, 100 North Main St.

Garden City

6/23/2017: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/24/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/26/2017: 12 - 7 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave

Savannah

6/27/2017: 12 - 8 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/27/2017: 1 - 6 p.m., Goshen United Methodist Church, 6227 Highway 21 South

Rincon

6/28/2017: 1 - 6 p.m., Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation, 1 Max Lockwood Drive

Statesboro

6/28/2017: 12 - 8 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Newman Gym, 439 Bundy Ave.

Fort Stewart

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hinesville Masonic Lodge 271 & VA Clinic, 500 E Oglethorpe Highway

Hinesville

6/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jesup Health and Rehab, 3100 Savannah Highway

Jesup

6/29/2017: 1 - 6 p.m., Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road

Statesboro

6/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., YMCA West Chatham, 165 Isaac G. LaRoche Drive

Pooler

6/29/2017: 12 - 8 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/30/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

6/30/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 40 Shelter Cove Lane

Hilton Head Island

7/1/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

7/3/2017: 12:45 - 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

7/3/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jeff Davis Hospital, 163 South Tallahassee St.

Hazlehurst

7/4/2017: 12:45 - 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

7/5/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 201 North Main St.

Baxley

7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Starbucks, 714 Northside Drive East

Statesboro

7/5/2017: 12:45 - 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

7/5/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway

Bluffton

7/6/2017: 12:45 - 7:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

7/6/2017: 2 - 7 p.m., Memorial Health University Medical Center, 4700 Waters Ave.

Savannah

7/7/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Logistics Readiness Center, 1624 West 6th St.

Fort Stewart

7/8/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Savannah Blood Donation Center, 25 Tibet Ave.

Savannah

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