Community Blood Drive targets shortage

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The American Red Cross will host the 11th Annual Williamsburg Community Blood Drive on Aug. 21.

Currently, the need is great.

"Right now, we have a five-day blood supply locally," said Jeremy Turnock, senior account manager for the Red Cross' Mid-Atlantic Region. "There is an urgent need for all blood types."

The setback is due to summer, Turnock said, when many people are traveling and there's an absence of students.

The American Red Cross supplies close to 40 percent of the country's blood supply, according the organization's website.

Homemade baked goods and raffle prizes will be available at the local drive. And, while supplies last, each donor will receive a free King's Dominion ticket and $5 Amazon gift card.

Last year's community blood drive resulted in 74 units, Turnock said.

The Red Cross especially seeks donations of blood types O, B negative or A negative.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, though 16-year-olds can donate with parental permission. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Visit redcrossblood.org/donating-blood for more information about eligibility.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

11th Annual Community Blood Drive

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 21

Where: Ballroom of Clarion Hotel, 351 York St.

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code "WCBD," or call Turnock at 757-287-9870. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are encouraged.

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