Midday, July 29, 2007
APPLING, Ga.---The Fourth of July period is usually busy on the roads, and that means wrecks...and that means the need for blood rises.
You can help by making a donation. If you missed today's blood drive in Columbia County, you can alway go to any Shepeard Blood Center across the area.
The medical director at Shepeard tells us donations drop 30 percent in the summer. That's because regular donors are often out of town.
We saw the freezers at Shepeard today. Many of the shelves that are supposed to hold red blood cells are empty, and people there tell us that a couple major accidents could wipe the limited supply completely out.
That's a problem, because Shepeard is the only provider for 13 local hospitals. So they're asking everyone to come out and donate.
Type O is in high demand since most people can use it, but they need all types.
We talked to one man who got a blood transfusion after a major car crash. Today he made a donation of his own.
"It can save up to three lives," he said. "It's exciting to me. I'm just ready to give."
Columbia County's blood drive, which took place yesterday and today, was a resounding success. The goal was 200 donations, and the total was 248. There were some incentives for people to give, including free Dippin' Dots ice cream, a T-shirt, and the chance to get a gas or Visa gift card.
The blood drive was held in honor of Steve York, a longtime Augusta radio personality who recently passed away. York was a strong advocate of blood donation.