Final American Red Cross Blood Drive Coming up Later Today in Elbert County

August 27, 2013

8-27-2013 American Red CrossToday the final planned blood drive, hosted by the American Red Cross, takes place in Elbert County

According to American Red Cross Donor Recruiter Janet Jarrett, the Red Cross faced a blood supply shortage earlier this summer.

“This summer we did run into a shortage, and we are still climbing our way out of that, and we encourage everyone who can to come out and donate blood today in Elbert County”, said Jarrett.

She says the strain on the blood supply should alleviate as the school year continues, as approximately 25% of the state’s blood supply comes from high school and college donors.

The third blood drive will take place at the First Baptist Church of Elberton on Tuesday, August 27th from 3:00pm until 7:00pm.

Jarrett says healthy donors can give blood every eight weeks or fifty-six days.

Blood donors must also be at least seventeen year’s old, or sixteen with parental consent; and must weight at least one hundred and ten pounds.