First Blood Drive in Spring Coming Up Later Today

April 14, 2014

It was mentioned on Friday, and now the day has arrived when the American Red Cross stops by Elbert County looking to bolster blood supply numbers.

Donor Recruitment Manager for the American Red Cross Janet Jarrett says the organization soon faces another problem, which is the summer months, where a large percentage of its usual donors typically are unavailable to donate blood.

“Our supplies typically get low during those months as well, because so much of our blood supply is collected a high schools and colleges, and when they’re not in session we are always looking for new groups to step up and sponsor blood drives, or participate in their local community blood drives”, she said.

She also says the Red Cross has been in catch up mode after this year’s winter storms really put a strain on the blood supply both here in Georgia and across the nation.

“We have been in recovery mode. We lost so many units here in Georgia and across the nation in late January and February due to the tremendous snow and ice storms”, said Jarrett. “Thousands of units were lost due to blood drives having to cancel and be rescheduled; we’ve been in recovery mode ever since trying to build the blood supply up to a healthy level.”

The American Red Cross’ blood drive in Elbert County will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Elberton on Monday, April 14th between the hours of 12:00pm and 6:00pm.

According to Jarrett, the blood donation process takes roughly an hour, with only about 6-10 minutes of that spent actually donating blood.

For more information on the requirements for donating blood, or to schedule an appointment to donate, you can visit their website at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.