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Blood supplies critically low; donate here Thursday

The Red Cross recently announced an emergency blood shortage affecting the region and local citizens are encouraging others to help out by donating from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the blood drive at First United Methodist Church at 375 Thomaston Street. The Women’s League, Rotary Club and American Red Cross are hosting the blood drive and the goal is to have at least 48 units. ’We are in an emergency shortage situation and some elective surgeries are being cancelled because there isn’t enough blood for the patients,’ said Rotary Club member Charles Glass. ‘The Red Cross is 100,000 units below where they were last year and from May to June this summer, there have been 61,000 fewer donors than average.’ Donors at the blood drive are treated to drinks and snacks, including cookies and sweets prepared by members of the Women’s League. Donors can save up to three lives with one blood donation. To make an appointment to give blood, go to redcrossblood.org.

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