Along with today being the first day of school in Elbert County, it is also the day that the first of three separate bloods drives will be held.
American Red Cross Donor Recruiter Janet Jarrett says the summer months are the most difficult time for them to maintain a healthy blood supply, and she says this summer has been no different.
“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.”
Today’s blood drive will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Elberton beginning at 12:00pm and it will continue until 6:00pm this evening.
According to Jarrett the entire process will take forty-five minutes to an hour, but only a fraction of that time is spent donating blood.
“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.”
Following today’s blood drive, the Red Cross will re-locate to Rehoboth Baptist Church in Bowman, GA from 2:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 13th.
The third planned drive takes place later this month at the First Baptist Church of Elberton, more details on that drive as the date gets closer.