Red Cross encourages blood donations leading into Labor Day

  • Monday, August 4, 2014

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.

Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed, the organization announced in a news release this week.

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Blood donation center hours and blood drive opportunities in Berkeley County Aug. 16-Sept. 1 include:

• Bonneau

Aug. 27: 3–8 p.m.: Macedonia Christian Church, 2428 Highway 17A North

• Goose Creek

Aug. 16: noon–5 p.m.: Wal–Mart, 605 St. James Ave.

Aug. 31: 12:30–5:30 p.m.: Trident Baptist Church, 100 Plantation Road

• Hanahan

Aug. 29: 2–7 p.m.: Pappy’s Restaurant, 5804 Carolyn St.

• Moncks Corner

Aug. 19: 2–7 p.m.: First Presbyterian Church of Moncks Corner, 419 W. Main St.

Aug. 23: 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.: First Christian Church, 1504 Highway 52.

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