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Red Cross warns of blood shortage

POSTED: July 5, 2007 5:02 a.m.
Special to the Courier

ATLANTA — If this was your car’s gas gauge, you’d be more than a little nervous.
American Red Cross officials reported last week that the state’s stock of blood, especially the most needed types 0 and B, stands at less than a day’s supply. At these levels, hospitals rationing blood to have enough for emergencies. Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed to prevent the situation from worsening.
The Red Cross is extending the operating hours of its Savannah donor center. Until further notice, the center will be open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Everyone who comes in to donate is eligible to enter a raffle to win a CITGO gas card valued at $750 and platelet donors also are eligible to win a pair of roundtrip tickets courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
The American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern Region needs approximately 1,200 people to donate blood each weekday to meet the needs. To make an appointment or to find the donor center or blood drive nearest you, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or log on to www.givebloodredcross.org.
 

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