The American Red Cross says there's an emergency need for platelet and blood donors of all types.
Red Cross spokeswoman Jamie Muldrow says fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of this month – about a 10% drop.
She says summer is one of the more challenging times of the year for blood donations because regular donors delay giving due to vacations and other activities.
And high school and college blood drives, which typically account for as much as 20% of the blood donations during the school year, drop significantly when school is out for the summer.
“For two years in a row now, we have really struggled during the months of June and the early part of July,” Muldrow tells WVOC.
“And we just encourage people to make it a point to give now. Don't put it off. Don't delay it. Just come in, roll up your sleeve, give us an hour of your time, donate a pint of blood and help to save up to three lives.”
Blood and platelet donations can be made at the Columbia Red Cross Donation Center, 2751 Bull Street, and you can call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online to www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or find several mobile blood drives being held in the area.