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With rising temps comes dwindling blood supply

May 21, 2004

Albany-- In the heat of summer, the blood bank in South Georgia is drying up. Very few people are taking the time to donate blood.

Tammy Reid is one of the few who donates blood and platelets consistently. Reid makes sure that she schedules time to stop by the Albany blood bank every two weeks. Today, like many days, she was the only one in there.

 "I am always disappointed when I don't see it running over with people standing in line for platelets as well whole blood," she said.  "Because it's a gift of life and if you have life and someone who needs it you should be glad to give it."

The Albany Red Cross right now is only averaging about five donors a day, but this blood bank ships up to 125 pints of blood to Southwest Georgia hospitals daily.

posted at 4:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com