By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Although a June appeal for blood donations helped increase supplies, the fix was only temporary and American Red Cross officials say supplies are once again waning.
Bob Lutjen, Red Cross communications manager, said blood supplies are at their lowest level in 15 years, so there continues to be an emergency need for all blood types.
Red Cross has scheduled several area blood drives during the month of August to afford citizens an opportunity to help out. Area drives will be held on the following schedule:
•Thursday, Aug. 2, noon to 6 p.m., Celco Federal Credit Union, Narrows;
•Wednesday, Aug. 8, noon to 6 p.m., Community Center, Rural Retreat;
•Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1-6 p.m., Grove United Methodist Church, Radford;
•Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Inland Motors, Radford;
•Monday, Aug. 20, noon to 6 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Pulaski.
•Saturday, Aug. 25, noon to 6 p.m., Ruritan National Headquarters, Dublin;
•Wednesday, Aug. 29, noon to 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Radford;
Wednesday, Aug. 29, noon to 6 p.m., West End United Methodist Church, Wytheville, and
•Thursday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., New River Community College, Dublin.
According to Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds either as the result of trauma or medical conditions requiring transfusions.
Individuals who are 17 years old (16 in Virginia with a signed Parental Consent Form), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Blood drive dates and times are subject to change. Potential donors should call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to confirm drives before attending. Visit redcrossblood.org for more information and to make blood donation appointments.