The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.
Upcoming blood drives include:
April 21 — Goshen United Methodist Church, 6227 Hwy. 21 South, Rincon, 1-7 p.m.
April 22 — Georgia Pacific River Mill, 393 Fort Howard Rd., Rincon, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component.
Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.
Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.
To find a donation opportunity, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).