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11 August 2017, 11:28 | Silvia Roy
Red Cross facing chronic blood shortage
The Putnam County Public Library will host a community blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Monday, Aug. 14 from 2-7 p.m.in the PCPL Kiwanis room. But more donations are need to meet patient needs and to replenish the blood supply. People that donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS (800) 733-2767. The Red Cross is the only blood bank that also provides disaster response and safety services that the community relies on.
The blood drive is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the African-American physician who pioneered the American Red Cross system of blood banking.
The Red Cross is offering individuals who donate blood in August a $5 Target e-gift card. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate. There is a chronic blood shortage as donations are down and all blood types are needed. "Eligible donors in Charlottesville can help ensure a sufficient community blood supply by joining us to donate at this special drive on August 16".
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