The American Red Cross is once again heading back to Elbert County hoping for blood donations.
American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Manager Janet Jarrett says the summer months are a tough time to maintain a healthy blood supply.
She says this summer has not been an exception.
“About twenty to twenty-five percent of our state’s blood supply is collected at high school and college blood drives”, explained Jarrett. “When they are not in session or short summer session, it is far more difficult to collect the blood that we need for hospitals.”
Jarrett says it normally takes forty-five minutes to an hour to donate blood for most people.
“Most of the process is involved with your health history screening”, said Jarrett. “We take your temperature, pulse, and blood pressure and make sure you are feeling okay. Donating only takes about five to ten minutes. The remaining time is spent recovering before being released.
Healthy donors can give blood every fifty-six days or eight weeks.
Three blood drives are planned to take place in Elbert County for the month of August.
The first of which takes place on Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Elberton at 12:00pm and lasting until 6:00pm.
The Red Cross will be back in town on Tuesday at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Bowman beginning at 2:00pm to receive donations.
Another drive is planned to take place towards the end of the month at First Baptist Church in Elberton.