The American Red Cross is getting ready to host a blood drive in Elbert County today, along with several other blood drives in the Northeast Georgia area in the future.
The summer months is when the American Red Cross has the biggest issues with maintaining a healthy reserve of donor blood, since a sizeable portion of their donations come from high school and college blood drives in the fall and spring.
American Red Cross Donator Recruiter Janet Jarrett says that blood is vital for several different purposes.
“There are so many different uses for blood”, says Jarrett. “Cancer patients are treated with blood, people who undergo life saving surgery, people with different blood disorders, and people who have experienced severe burns are treated with blood plasma.”
The blood drive in Elbert County will take place at the First Baptist Church ROC Building today from 1:00pm until 6:00pm.
Jarrett says that the entire donation process should take about an hour for most people, but only about five minutes of that is spent actually donating blood.
For more information on other local blood drives, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.