Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The American Red Cross is in a severe blood shortage as the holidays approach, and they are urgently asking for donations.

An immediate call for donors was issued after over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed were collected in September and October, according to a report.

The Red Cross says fewer blood drives took place in September and October, and thousands of donations went uncollected as a result of hurricanes Michael and Florence. To help stop the storage this winter, an additional 4,300 blood drives are needed nationally, with 100 of those being in the Columbia area.

“This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without your generosity,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “From traumas to ongoing cancer treatments, the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays."

To make an appointment to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood drives:

Allendale

  • 12/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Allendale Fire & Rescue & Allendale County Rescue Squad, 368 Courthouse Square

Bamberg

  • 12/12/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Bamberg Ehrhardt High School, 267 Red Raider Avenue

Barnwell

  • 12/14/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Barnwell High School, 474 Jackson St.

Williston

  • 11/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Williston Elko High School, 12233 East Main St.

Camden

  • 11/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut Street
  • 11/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Camden High School, 1022 Ehrenclou Drive
  • 12/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kershaw Health, 1315 Roberts Street

Elgin

  • 11/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bridge Creek Elementary School, 121 Bombing Range Road

Lugoff

  • 12/11/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., TC-1 Building, 643 Hwy 1 South, PO Box 7000
  • 12/11/2018: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 1056 Hwy 1 South

Batesburg-Leesville

  • 12/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Circle Fire Department, 3321 Columbia Hwy

Cayce-West Columbia

  • 11/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, 1410 Boston Ave.

Columbia

  • 11/29/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road
  • 12/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Palmetto Health Parkridge New Location, 400 Parkridge Drive

Lexington

  • 11/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Morgan & Associates, 104 Hamilton Street
  • 11/21/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thrivent Financial, 1909C Augusta Highway
  • 11/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mid Carolina Electric Cooperative, 254 Longs Pond Rd.
  • 11/25/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2350 Augusta Hwy.
  • 12/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Rd

West Columbia

  • 12/6/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lexington Medical Center, 2720 Sunset Blvd.
  • 12/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gray Collegiate Academy, 3833 Leaphart Rd.

Little Mountain

  • 12/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 531 Church Street

Blythewood

  • 11/28/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Department of Motor Vehicles, 10311 Wilson Blvd Columbia
  • 11/14/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street
  • 11/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., USC Carolina Clemson, Russell House, 1400 Greene Street
  • 11/14/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library, Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene Street
  • 11/14/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., College of Engineering & Computing - Carolina/Clemson, Swearingen Building, 315 Main Street
  • 11/14/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/15/2018: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., USC Carolina Clemson, Russell House, 1400 Greene Street
  • 11/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library, Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene Street
  • 11/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Close Hipp Building, Close Hipp Building, Old School of Business
  • 11/16/2018: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/16/2018: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., USC Carolina Clemson, Russell House, 1400 Greene Street
  • 11/16/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thomas Cooper Library, Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene Street
  • 11/16/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Close Hipp Building, Close Hipp Building, Old School of Business
  • 11/17/2018: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/18/2018: 6 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/19/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/20/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/22/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 11 a.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/23/2018: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/24/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Target, 10204 Two Notch Road
  • 11/25/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/26/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Turbeville Insurance Agency, 2718 Middleburg Drive
  • 11/27/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/28/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/29/2018: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/30/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 11/30/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Cecil A. Tillis Center, 1917 Harden Street
  • 12/1/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/2/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/3/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/4/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/5/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Keenan High School, 361 Pisgah Church Road
  • 12/5/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hubbell Power Systems, Inc., 200 Centre Point Circle, Suite 200
  • 12/5/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/6/2018: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Palmetto Health Home Care, 1400 Pickens Street
  • 12/7/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/7/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Spring Valley High School, 120 Sparkleberry Lane
  • 12/8/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/9/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/9/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road
  • 12/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Citizens Bank, 1314 Park Street
  • 12/10/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/11/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jim Hudson Automotive Group, 328 Killian Road
  • 12/11/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Palmetto Health Greystone, 293 Greystone Blvd
  • 12/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., KW Beverage, 825 Bluff Road
  • 12/12/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/12/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Palmetto Health Richland Medical Center, 3301 Harden Street
  • 12/13/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., AllSouth FCU - Elmwood, 730 Elmwood Ave
  • 12/13/2018: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rice Estate, 100 Finley Road
  • 12/14/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St
  • 12/15/2018: 6:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 2751 Bull St

White Rock

  • 11/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Heritage at Lowman, 2101 Dutch Fork Road

Shaw AFB

  • 11/27/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Shaw Air Force Base, 428 Shaw Drive, Building 806
  • 11/28/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Component Maintenance Squadron Shaw AFB, 558 Killian Ave., 20 CMS Squadron Building

Sumter

  • 11/29/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 219 West Calhoun St.
  • 12/8/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church Family Center, 803 South Harvin Street
  • 12/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Church of God, 1835 Camden Hwy