Blood donations needed now

The American Red Cross is urging people to give blood.

Blood supplies are way down throughout the Southern Region, with supplies of type 0 negative, A negative and B negative blood now below a day's supply. The most common and needed blood type, 0 positive, is down to just a six-hour supply.

Four million people in the U.S. need blood each year and that need certainly doesn't dwindle during the summer months. In fact, the demand is greater, resulting in severe blood shortages. What dwindles are donations.

Most people who are age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to give blood every 56 days.

There are 14 blood donor centers across Georgia, and blood drives are held daily throughout the Region. Appointments for donations can be made by calling 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.