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Blood donations continue to thin out

By Len Kiese - bio | email

August 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The American Red Cross says they have a severely low blood inventory and they want you to help.

Donor centers like the one on Dawson Road in Albany have been fairly quiet. By 4 Monday afternoon, only 4 people had donated blood. That's down from an average of 8 to 10 a day.

Donations are normally down in the Summer but Red Cross officials say this is the lowest they've seen. Right now in our area, there's less than a day's supply of blood on hand.

"I am urging people to come on out because we fall into that rut when we think you're doing it and you think that we're doing it and turns out no one is doing it. I just urge everyone to remember that someone out there needs you and all we need is 40 minutes of your time," said Andrea Tatum with the American Red Cross.

There will be even more of a need as people hit the road for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Red Cross can't meet some hospital's needs right now so they're urging people to help with what they call a critical shortage.

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