Red Cross Needs Blood Donations During Summer Months

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Blood donations during summer months can thin out, according to The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region.

That's partly because Midland schools are out and the number of available donors drops by half. But what does that mean for Red Cross centers in the Midlands?

They are making a push to continue their life-saving efforts.

"People think we have blood, or that everyone else is donating," said Lakeisha Floyd, who works as a recruiter at the Red Cross' Columbia Donation Center.

"If i can help in any way, i'm happy to do it," said Mary Ann Powell who was at the center donating blood Friday afternoon.

Powell said she makes a habit of donating about every 60 days, which averages to a half-dozen times each year.

"I'm a healthy person, so, I feel like if I can donate and save somebody else's life, that's just human nature," she said.

But that is a thought that may not come naturally to others, a spokesperson for the Red Cross said.

Floyd is very aware of the shortfall that attitude can create after her father got a transfusion.

"I remember when they asked me if it was okay, if he could get the blood," she remembered. "I was looking up and I could see the name on the blood bags; The Red Cross."

Four years ago, her father, Harold Miles, an Army Vietnam War Veteran, was dying of liver cancer and was bleeding internally. Her brother was also serving in the military, but was stuck overseas.

Floyd credits the transfusion for what happened next.

"It allowed him to stay alive a couple of days longer, and my brother was able to come from overseas and say his goodbyes," Floyd said. "He went into the hospital on a Friday, and ended up dying on a Monday."

"If I can help in any small way, which I just think it's a small way, just take out some time to do this, I'm happy to do it," said Powell.

Columbia Donation Center, 2751 Bull St.: Monday: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Memorial Day, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. regularly. TTuesday& Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Camden: 5/27/2014 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Dr. Energy Saver, 621 Rutledge St., 5/28/2014 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Kershaw County Hospital, 1315 Roberts St.

Chapin: 5/22/2014 12: p.m. - 5 p.m.: American Legion Chapin Post 193 Inc., 102 Lexington Ave.

Saluda: 5/23/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Saluda High School, 160 Ivory Key Road


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