American Red Cross issues emergency call for donations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — The American Red Cross says its in urgent need of donations. In an emergency call for blood and plateletes in Myrtle Beach, the Red Cross says hospitals are using blood products faster than donations are coming in. Nick Gehrig, Communications Director with Red Cross Blood Services, says donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, by about 39,000 donations. He says the drop in donations is likely because many regular donors are traveling this time of year.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, July 5 through July 25:

American Red Cross Myrtle Beach Blood Donation Center, The Plaza at Carolina Forest, 3681 Renee Drive, Unit 4
Every Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Conway
7/9/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., WalMart of Conway, 2709-A Church St.
7/19/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lowe’s Conway, 2301 Highway 501 East
7/21/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Horry County Public Safety, 2560 Main Street, Suite #4

Little River
7/7/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., McLeod Seacoast Medical Center, 4000 Highway 9 East
7/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 Highway 17
7/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Anchor Baptist Church, 3300 Highway 50

Loris
7/14/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., McLoed Loris, 3655 Mitchell St.

Murrells Inlet
7/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Waccamaw Community Hospital, 4070 Highway 17 Bypass
7/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Waccamaw Medical Park South, 4367 Riverwood Drive
7/10/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 572 Cypress Ave.

Myrtle Beach
7/5/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ripley’s Aquarium, 1110 Celebrity Circle
7/13/2016: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Healthfinders at Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle #520
7/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Coastal Carolinas Association of REALTORS, 951 Shine Ave.
7/20/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Santee Cooper – Grand Strand, 305A Gardner Lacy Road
7/22/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lowe’s Surfside, 8672 Highway 17 Byp S
7/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wellspring Church, 3432 Waccamaw Blvd.

North Myrtle Beach
7/12/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Avn North
7/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s of North Myrtle Beach, 214 Highway 17 N

Dillon
7/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., McLeod Medical Center Dillon, 301 East Jackson St.

Georgetown
7/14/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church, 2515 N. Fraser St.
7/24/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Duncan United Memorial Church, 901 Highmarket St.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Megan Heath with the American Red Cross was on News 13 Now last month, and shared tips on what you need to know before you donate. Watch that interview here.

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