Shortage of Blood, Public’s help needed

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The American Red Cross needs the public’s help in getting more blood.

Brain Fern, Senior Account Manager of Red Cross, said there were 61,000 fewer donations for May and June, leaving the organization with a critical shortage.

But, Jennifer Trevino is a first time blood donor who gave blood Friday to help the shortage.

“I like the idea of my blood being given to someone to help save a life,” Trevino said.

A pint of blood is how much she gave. Trevino said she’s been waiting for years to give blood.

“I was too young basically, cause I’ve always wanted to and I’ve always been waiting until the right age, so I could do it,” she said.

Fern said Red Cross doesn’t know why they have a shortage, but Fern thinks it’s because of the change of the weather.

“Obviously we do see a reduction in donors when it starts to warm up because people are out exploring things, they’re having family vacations, but to have that significant decrease coming into the summer months has really hurt us,” he said.

Trevino said other people should help increase the number of donors.

“I think everybody should do it because you can, you know, if you can give a pint of blood like why don’t you?”

And for every one pint someone gives, it can help save three lives.

Fern said a pint can also help save 9 babies.

For more information on giving blood visit redcrossblood.org. 

The American Red Cross will be in the Middle Georgia area for the next month. The list of locations and times are listed below:

  • 7/29/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rozar Conference Center, 1060 Keith Drive
Perry
  • 7/31/2017: 1 – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 3, 5580 Thomaston Road
Macon
  • 7/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Harvest Church, 3322 Highway 41 North
Byron
  • 8/1/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Byron United Methodist Church, 103 West Heritage St.
Byron
  • 8/2/2017: 12 – 5 p.m., Tyson/Hillshire, 1075 Frank Amerson Parkway
Macon
  • 8/2/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Byromville Baptist Church, West Highway 90
Byromville
  • 8/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross of Central Georgia, 195 Holt Ave.
Macon
  • 8/7/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 511 Russell Parkway
Warner Robins
  • 8/7/2017: 2:30 – 7 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 511 Russell Parkway
Warner Robins
  • 8/7/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Hart’s Mortuary, 307 Pecan Lane
Gray
  • 8/8/2017: 12:30 – 6 p.m., Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave.
Macon
  • 8/8/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Dublin Mall, 205 Veterans Blvd.
Dublin
  • 8/9/2017: 3 – 8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Centerville, 108 Church St.
Centerville
  • 8/9/2017: 3 – 8 p.m., Rigby’s Entertainment Complex, 2001 Karl Drive
Warner Robins
  • 8/9/2017: 12 – 5 p.m., Glenwood Healthcare, 41 North Fifth St.
Glenwood
  • 8/10/2017: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 200 Draper St.
Warner Robins
  • 8/11/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Galleria Mall, 2950 Watson Blvd.
Centerville
  • 8/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wellston Center, 155 Maple St.
Warner Robins
  • 8/13/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Shree Umiya Mataji Temple, 4770 Raley Road
Macon
  • 8/14/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Navicent Health, 777 Hemlock St.
Macon
  • 8/14/2017: 2 – 7 p.m., Bleckley County Extension Office, 165 E. Peacock St.
Cochran
  • 8/15/2017: 1 – 6 p.m., Bearden Chiropractic, 5633 Oak St.
Eastman
  • 8/15/2017: 1 – 6 p.m., Fairview Park Hospital, 200 Industrial Blvd.
Dublin
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