The American Red Cross has urged more people to donate blood to help bring the organization’s recommended reserve of blood back up to five days from its current three-day supply.
There are four blood drives in King William and New Kent in July. Donations are crucial, as blood is perishable, and the American Red Cross has already received 1,500 fewer donations in its Mid-Atlantic region in June, according to a news release.
The need for blood is constant, said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager for the American Red Cross’s Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian blood service regions.
“We have to make sure blood is available whenever it’s needed, and I think some people don’t think of it in that way,” she said.
The summer months are difficult due to regular donors and sponsors taking time off. Additionally, high school and college students are out of school. Students make up 20 percent of the American Red Cross’ donor pool.
James Madison student Hannah Giewont recently led a drive at Patriots Landing Clubhouse when she was involved with the American Red Cross Youth Leadership program before she left for college. She works with her father, Mark Giewont, to lead drives in the summer.
“There’s always people that are going to need (blood),” she said. “Having people come out and help understand how it’s so needed is really good.”
Drives in July
- Noon to 5 p.m. July 25 WestRock Human Resources Building, 2348 King William Highway
- 3-7 p.m. July 25 Brickshire Community, 11010 Kentland Trail
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 27 Corinth Baptist Church Education Wing, 11650 New Kent Highway
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 Patriots Landing Clubhouse, 7351 Patriots Landing Place
Want to donate?
You can schedule an appointment to donate blood by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).