2019-03-14 / News

Urgent need for blood prompts plea for donors in Wilkes area

Shepeard Community Blood Center has an urgent and immediate need for Type O Negative blood.

All eligible donors are encouraged to donate at a mobile drive or at one of Shepeard’s three centers in the CSRA. O Negative blood donors have a particularly unique opportunity to help others in emergency situations.

The blood type is universal, meaning it can be transferred to almost any patient who is in need. Only 6.6 percent of the population has O Negative blood, so all O Negative donors are needed in order to keep our local blood supply at a stable level.

Shepeard Community Blood Center goes into “urgent need” only when the quantity of ready blood and blood products falls below a two-day supply level. The local blood supply is supported strictly by the donations of volunteer blood donors.

If you are Type O Negative and have been putting off donating, please do not wait one more day.

To find a mobiledrive near you, go to https://donor.shepeardblood.org/donor/schedules/geo and type in your zip code.

Donors must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent) to donate.

Be sure to take a photo ID or Shepeard donor card with you when you go to donate.

Centers and their hours include the following:

Shepeard Blood Center - Augusta; 1533 Wrightsboro Rd.; 706-737- 4551; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shepeard Blood Center - Aiken; 353 Fabian Dr.; 803-643-7996; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Shepeard Blood Center - Evans; 4329 Washington Rd.; 706-854- 1582; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Ashley Whitaker at awhitaker@shepeardblood.org.

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