Red Cross Predicts Challenging Time

"Based on current projections the Red Cross could see 18 percent fewer donors or 1,600 fewer donors each week over the coming holiday season," said Robert F. Fechner, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.

He said that the holiday season is a traditionally challenging time for collecting blood.

It is is also a time when blood is most needed.

The reduction in the number of donors can be attributed to several factors including flu and other seasonal illnesses, donors not able to keep appointments and some companies canceling or reducing the size of blood drives due to economics.

The Red Cross donor center at 7490 Veterans Parkway is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday Dec. 22 it will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

On Sunday Dec. 23 and Sunday Dec. 30 it will be open from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The center will be open on Jan. 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.