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Blood donation destinations open in South Georgia

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The American Red Cross is urging everyone to donate blood this summer.

Donations typically decrease during the summer months. All blood types and platelets are needed. Each blood donation can save three lives.

"You can donate every 56 days but the blood cells are only good for 42 days. They get used and we replenish them," said Account Manager Shea Register. "Platelets are only good for 5 days and you can give that every 14 days so those are encouraged as well."

Check out these locations in South Georgia to donate blood:

July 19th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Birth Church on Radium Springs Road. Donors are eligible to receive free school supplies.

July 19th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Carmike Cinemas in Albany. Donors are eligible to receive one free movie ticket.

August 2, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wynnsong 16, 2823 Nottingham Way, Albany, GA

August 5, 2014 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Eulonia Multi-Purpose Center, Hwy. 57 Eulonia Park Road, Townsend, GA

August 6, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Heritage Healthcare of Ashburn, 441 Industrial Circle, Ashburn, GA

August 6, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lee County Sheriff's Department, 119 Pinewood Rd., Leesburg, GA

August 7, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Dougherty County Public Works, 2108 Habersham Road, Albany, GA

August 8, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dougherty Co Government Bldg, 222 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA

August 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 714 Highway 195, Leesburg, GA

August 12, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cordele Community Clubhouse, 108 15th Avenue, Cordele, GA

August 15, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calhoun County High School, 700 Manry Street, Edison, GA

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1515 Dawson Road, Albany, GA

Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday CLOSED

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain

height and weight requirements.

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