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Students, staff at USC Aiken donate blood to save lives

Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 2:10 PM EST
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A few days into the spring semester, University of South Carolina Aiken blood donors helped Shepeard Community Blood Center provide blood and blood products to 20 local hospitals in the CSRA and the regional burn center.

Students, faculty, and staff donated blood, which will be used to save nearly 40 lives across the region.

It comes as blood banks across the nation face a historic shortage of blood donations. That’s largely because of a reduction in blood drives and a disruption in life helped keep donated blood flowing in.

“USC Aiken has a long history of supporting Shepeard in their efforts to provide blood products to our local hospitals, and we’re pleased to continue that tradition,” said Andrew Hendrix, event organizer, and director of admissions at USC Aiken

USC Aiken and Shepeard Community Blood Center will be holding another blood drive at the university on March 17. Each donor at the event will receive a special gift.

Right now, both Shepeard and the Red Cross, which supply local hospitals with blood for lifesaving treatments, are in critical need of donors for both blood and platelets.

“There’s a lot of different reasons, why someone you care about or you yourself could need a blood or platelet transfusion and the scary thing is right now those products are not on our shelf,” said Ashley Whitaker director of community resources for the blood bank.

The most critical need is for type O positive and O negative blood.

Donors must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent) to donate. Be sure to bring a photo ID or Shepeard donor card with you when you come to donate.

You can call for an appointment at 706-737-4551.

Locations:

  • 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday
  • 4329 Washington Road, Evans, 706-854-1582, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • 353 Fabian Drive, Aiken, 803-643-7996, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday

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