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Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The American Red Cross said they are facing a looming blood shortage and they are in urgent need for donors in the area and across the county.

The Red Cross said blood and platelet donations are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks. They said that number continues to decline which could lead to an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

They believe donations are down due to sponsors not hosting as many drives this year due to the Independence Day holiday falling on a Friday and people taking vacations during that time.

"Hospital patients continue to need life-saving blood this summer, and they're relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead," said Sharon Pitt, CEO for the Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. "Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood."

To donate call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

They said all blood types are needed.

To find local blood drives throughout the state of South Carolina, visit www.redcrossblood.org/sc.

Upcoming blood drives in the area:

Anderson County

Anderson

Aug. 6 from noon - 5 p.m. Chili's Anderson, 3801 Clemson Blvd.

Buncombe County

Arden

Aug. 4 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. at Chili's Bar & Grill, 420 Airport Road

Asheville

July 22 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Road

July 25 from 7:30 a.m. - noon at Rueter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd.

July 29 from 2:30 - 7 p.m. at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road

July 30 from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Biltmore Church of Christ, 823 Fairview St.

July 31 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Premier Federal Credit Union, 148 Charlotte St.

Aug. 3 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road

Aug. 7 from noon - 5 p.m. Chili's Bar & Grill, 253 Tunnel Road

Aug. 8 from 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Charles George V.A. Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road

Aug. 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charles George V.A. Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road

Black Mountain

July 24 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. at Black Mountain Neuro Medical Treatment Center, 932 Old U.S. Highway 70

July 24 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Conference Center - Pritchell Hall, 1 Ridgecrest Dr.

Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road

Candler

July 25 from 2 - 6:30 p.m. at Enka Fire Dept, 85 Pisgah Highway

Weaverville

July 22 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at Big Lots Weaverville, 130 Weaver Blvd.

Aug. 1 from 2:30 - 7 p.m. at The Carpenter's Heart, 21 Flat Creek Church Road

Greenville County

Greenville

July 27 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at Clarion Hotel, 4295 Augusta Road

July 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive

July 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive

July 31 from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross of Upstate SC, 940 Grove Road

Aug. 2 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Truth Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Saluda Dam Road

Aug. 5 from noon - 5 p.m. at Chili's Woodruff Greenville, 1209 Woodruff Road

Aug. 7 from noon - 5 p.m. Chilis Haywood Greenville, 490 Haywood Road

Haywood County

Canton

July 29 from 2 - 6:30 p.m. at Town of Canton Armory, 71 Penland St.

Clyde

Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. MedWest Health & Fitness Center-Classrooms, 75 Leroy George Road

Waynesville

Aug. 7 from 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 566 South Haywood St.

Henderson County

Etowah

Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Etowah Lions Club, 447 Etowah School Road

Fletcher

July 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 6140 Hendersonville Highway

Hendersonville

July 23 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway

July 25 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Liberty Tax Service, 152 Henderson Crossing Plaza

July 25 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Egolf Motors, 401 Duncan Hill Road

July 28 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at YMCA Hendersonville, 810 6th Ave. W.

Aug. 1 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church - Hendersonville, 312 5th Ave. West

Aug. 4 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at Camping World, 2918 North Rugby Road

Aug. 6 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Ave. West

Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. State Employees Credit Union, 215 North Washington St.

Jackson County

Cashiers

July 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cashiers Community, 355 Frank Allen Road

Sylva

July 29 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Southwestern Community Coll - Bradford Hall, 447 College Dr.

Aug. 1 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park

Macon County

Franklin

Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road

Aug. 5 from 2:30 - 7 p.m. at Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road

Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Mountain Valley Fire Department, 188 Echo Valley Road

Madison County

Mars Hill

July 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Mars Hill Elementary School, 200 School House Lane

McDowell County

Marion

July 24 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at McDowell Tech College, 54 College Dr.

July 27 from noon - 4 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church, 8066 Old Linville Road

Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church  205 Bethel Church Road

Rutherford County

Bostic

July 23 from 3 - 7:30 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, 720 Old Highway 74

Forest City

Aug. 5 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. at Chili's of Forest City, 128 Sparks Crossing

Aug. 10 from noon - 4:30 p.m. Floyd's Creek Baptist Church, 2004 Chase High Road

Transylvania County

Brevard

July 23 from 1:30 - 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 122 Gaston St.

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