Red Cross urges blood donations through a series of drives

CONYERS —  Piedmont Rockdale Hospital and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Building A Classrooms.

The Red Cross has notified Piedmont Rockdale of a critical nationwide shortage of red blood cells and is asking everyone to kick off 2020 by doing something big: Give blood or platelets now to address the critical need for blood of all blood types- especially type O- and platelet donors.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion for medical care such as surgeries, traumatic injuries, cancer treatments, or chronic illnesses.

Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood; however, that is only 3 percent of individuals eligible to donate. With your donation, you will be potentially saving up to three lives while replenishing the blood supplies available to patients.

To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo I.D. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours prior to donating blood.

While walk-in donors are welcome, Piedmont Rockdale is encouraging everyone to make an appointment to donate blood on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

To schedule an appointments, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: piedrockdale.

For more information on Piedmont Rockdale, please visit www.piedmont.org.

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