The American Red Cross has planned 13 blood drives in June in Cherokee County to make up for this year’s summer donor decline.
Red Cross Program Manager for Southern Region Blood Services, Kristen Stancil, said blood donations typically decline in the summer.
“We see declines in donations two times of year, in the winter months and in the summer months,” Stancil said. “There’s always the constant need for blood but we definitely encourage people during those two times of the year to please donate every single time you’re eligible.”
Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days, platelets every seven days, plasma every 28 days and double red cells every 112 days. Stancil said when donors arrive they should expect to go through a short registration, read some provided informational material, go through a basic health history and a mini-physical, and then be prepared to donate.
“The need for blood is constant,” Stancil said. “It doesn’t take a vacation. We understand that people get really busy but there’s still patients that need, and patients who rely on the generosity of volunteer donors, so we just want to make sure there are as many opportunities as we can offer for people to donate.”
Stancil asked that potential donors visit the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org to check eligibility requirements before arriving to donate.
“We ask people to drink extra water starting a day or two before your donation, that helps a lot,” Stancil said. “Eat before you come, it’s always a good idea to have something on your stomach, you do get your iron checked, so if you typically lean towards having low iron counts, just make sure you’re eating red meat, orange juice, green leafy vegetable, those are just some of the basic things that you can do before your donation.”
Stancil said to reschedule if you’re not feeling well the day of your planned donation because to donate people need to be in good health. To make an appointment for one of the many blood drives in June, go to www.redcrossblood.ore/make-donation and search for your desired location.
Upcoming blood drives include:
• June 3: Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton, 1-6 p.m.
• June 3: Ball Ground United Methodist Church in Canton, 3-7 p.m.
• June 5: Heritage Presbyterian Church in Acworth, 1-6 p.m.
• June 6: Lake Arrowhead Yacht and Country Club in Waleska, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• June 10: LA Fitness in Woodstock, 3-7 p.m.
• June 11: Canton City Hall, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• June 11: Publix at Rose Creek in Woodstock, 2-6 p.m.
• June 14: WellStar Urgent Care Center in Woodstock, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• June 14: Wal-mart Supercenter in Woodstock, 1-6 p.m.
• June 17: Canton American Legion, 2-7 p.m.
• June 25: Canton First United Methodist Church, 2-7 p.m.
• June 25: G. Cecil Pruett YMCA in Canton, 2-7 p.m.
• June 27: Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.