Red Cross Blood Drive Set For Tuesday
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Tuesday, May 13, from noon to 6:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Commerce Family Life Center, 1345 S. Elm Street.
The American Red Cross provides blood services to all area hospitals, including BJC Hospital, Athens Regional Medical Center and the Gainesville and Atlanta hospitals.
Potential donors must be 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
All donors will receive a Chick--fil-A coupon.
The Red Cross has reported a critical shortage of type O-negative donors during recent weeks.
Although there is a constant need for all blood types, type O negative donors play a critical role in maintaining the blood supply. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be safely given to any patient, regardless of blood type. It is used extensively by hospitals, particularly in life-threatening emergencies or when a patient’s matching blood type is not readily available.