With families taking summer vacations and blood banks having only a five-day supply on hand in parts of the midstate, the American Red Cross has put out a call for donors to roll up a sleeve.
“Typically during the summer months we do see our donations decline because people are busy with seasonal activities and vacations,” said Kristen Stancil, the agency’s external communications manager. We are encouraging everyone who is eligible to come” and give blood. Prospective donors must be 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Once donors are deemed eligible, they will undergo a mini-health physical.
“We want to make sure they are physically OK to give blood,” Stancil said.
A portion of the physical — questions about medications and places a potential donor has traveled — can be completed before arriving to donate using an online “rapid pass” questionnaire. Once completed, donors must take a printed copy of the questionnaire or present a copy from a smartphone or tablet, saving about 15 minutes, she said.
Stancil said the entire donation process takes about an hour.
“You will be able to enjoy cookies and juice in the refreshment area afterward,” she said.
If someone has never donated before or if they haven’t donated this summer, Stancil encourages them to come out now with such a small supply of blood left.
“One donation can save up to three lives. Blood can only come from the generosity of volunteers,” she said. “We rely on generous donors to come out and roll up a sleeve so that we are able to help hospitals in need. A lot of people are spending their summer in the hospital relying on the generosity of donors.”
Donors can find donation centers on the Red Cross app or at their website, www.redcross.org.
A list of Middle Georgia blood drives
July 8: Summit Shopping Center, 3755 Bloomfield Road, Macon, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Centerville United Methodist Church, 600 N. Houston Lake Drive, Centerville, from 1:30-6:30 p.m.
July 11: First Baptist Church, 330 S. Liberty St., Milledgeville, from noon-6 p.m.; Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1600 Main St., Perry, from 2-7 p.m.
July 12: American Legion Post 3, 5580 Thomaston Road, Macon, from noon-5 p.m.; Dublin Mall, 205 Veterans Blvd., Dublin, from 2-7 p.m.; Fort Valley State University, 1005 State College Drive, Fort Valley, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; First Baptist Church of Fort Valley, 209 S. Miller Road, Fort Valley, from 2-7 p.m.
July 14: State Bank and Trust, 4885 Riverside Drive, Macon, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Robins Federal Credit Union, 211 Robins Drive, Warner Robins, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Grace Pointe Church, 530 Woolfolk Road, Fort Valley, 2-7 p.m.
July 15: Vineville Baptist Church, 2591 Vineville Ave., Macon, 3-7 p.m.
July 16: Central Georgia Technical College, 54 Ga. 22 West, Milledgeville, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 18: Bethel Baptist Church, 7495 Knoxville Road, Lizella, from 3-7 p.m.; Trinity United Methodist Church, 129 S. Houston Road, Warner Robins, from 3-7 p.m.; Grace Baptist Church, 3151 Peach Parkway, Fort Valley, 3-7 p.m.
July 19: Vineville Internal Medicine, 3448 Vineville Ave., Macon, from 2-7 p.m.; Liberty United Methodist Church, 6511 Houston Road, Macon, from 3-7 p.m.; First Baptist Church, S. Third St., Soperton, from 1-6 p.m.
July 20: Forsyth United Methodist Church, 68 W. Johnston St., Forsyth, from 3-7 p.m.
July 21: Highridge Centre, 3920 Arkwight Road, Macon, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 300 S. Davis Drive, Warner Robins, from 3-7 p.m.
July 22: First United Methodist Church, 44 Merritt St., Hawkinsville, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 23: Christ Lutheran Church Perry, 208 Langston Road, Perry, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 25: Oconee Regional Medical Center, 821 N. Cobb St., Milledgeville, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive, Macon, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.