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Shepeard Community Blood Center needs summer donations

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Shepeard Community Blood Center is asking CSRA residents to donate blood this summer - a time when donations usually drop because of vacations and other changes in routines.

The center has a specific need for O positive and A positive blood types.

"Summer is a very busy time for our community, and outdoor activities increase," said Kevin Belanger, President and CEO of the center. "With this, come changes in normal schedules, vacations and a decrease in presenting donors."

"High schools represent approximately 17 percent of our collections during the year and with school out, there is no way to reach this large group of loyal donors in one central location," Belanger said. "We ask that every community member that is healthy, well and meets the donor criteria, roll up their sleeve and donate blood for our local patients."

Shepeard Community Blood Center must have at least 144 donors present every day to donate blood to meet the needs of the 20 local hospitals, including the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old with a signed parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds on the day of donation. Donors should also bring a photo I.D. or Shepeard Community Blood donor card.

The center recommends that all potential donors eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. For more information, call Shepeard Community Blood Center at 706-737-4551 or log on to shepeardblood.org to find a center or drive near you.

Here's where you can donate:

Shepeard Community Blood Center - Augusta

1533 Wrightsboro Road

706-737-4551

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Shepeard Community Blood Center - Evans

4329 Washington Road

706-854-1582

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Shepeard Community Blood Center - Aiken

(in the Hitchcock Plaza Shopping Center )

353 Fabian Drive

803-643-7996

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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