March 16, 2021 – A year ago, many things were put on hold due to
the COVID-19 pandemic. But the need for blood never stopped. Today, blood
donations are just as essential, and the American Red Cross is urging
healthy individuals to donate blood.
For patients in the emergency room, fighting cancer or coping with a life-threatening
illness, help can’t wait. Their health is reliant on the selfless
generosity of blood donors. However, the blood supply continues to face
challenges from the ongoing pandemic and extreme winter weather that impacted
much of the U.S. last month.
To help fill the need, Southeast Georgia Health System will host an American
Red Cross blood drive on
Friday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Kemble Conference Room, 3011 Kemble Avenue, adjacent to the Brunswick
Campus. Social distancing protocols will be implemented and face masks
will be required.
More donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed to ensure lifesaving
blood products are available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments.
Individuals who would like to donate are asked to make an appointment
redcrossblood.org and enter “sghsys” to schedule an appointment, or call
Donors can save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by reading and completing
the RapidPass® pre-donation health history questionnaire. To complete
a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at
RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.