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Community steps in to end blood shortage

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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A church in Albany does their part to end a regional blood shortage. Second Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church held a community blood drive Saturday morning.

Church members and those in the surrounding community raised their sleeves to donate. Right now the American Red Cross is in need of O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative blood types.

Fewer donations during the summer, and the unusual number of national disasters are draining the supply.

"This is somewhat of a nationwide situation, but the blood that we collect in this area comes back to our community. We try to have at least a two day supply, but right now we have less than a day's supply," said American Red Cross Representative, Andrea Tatum.

Anyone 17 years of age or older who weighs over 110 pounds can donate blood.

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