75
      Wednesday
      88 / 71
      Thursday
      90 / 71
      Friday
      91 / 72

      Winter weather causes dip in blood supply

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- This week's winter weather not only caused problems for schools, government and businesses, it also put a pinch on blood donation.

      The American Red Cross says they missed out on 21 blood drives in addition to their regular donation centers being closed.

      The Red Cross says they missed out on more than 800 units of blood and platelets because of the snow and ice.

      But this isn't just a local problem. With the same storm blanketing much of the nation in severe winter weather, the blood supplies have dropped making it even more important for those who can donate to make an appointment.

      Although the winter weather has been challenging, the Red Cross is working diligently to meet the needs of patients in our hospitals, said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. We are counting on generous blood donors to make sure that the blood supply is at an adequate level to continue to meet patients TM needs.

      You can set up an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.

      Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in the area:

      1/ 16

      1:00-5:00 p.m.

      Broadacres Baptist Church

      2350 Taylor St .

      Cayce

      1/ 16

      1:00-6:00 p.m.

      Sumter Mall

      1057 Broad St .

      Sumter

      1/17

      Noon-5:00 p.m.

      Dutch Square Center

      421 Bush River Road

      Columbia

      1/ 17

      2:30-7:00 p.m.

      Windsor UMC

      9550 Windsor Lake Blvd.

      Columbia

      1/ 18

      11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

      Bose

      2000 Carolina Pines Dr.

      Blythewood

      1/ 18

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      Corinth Lutheran Church

      638 Corinth St .

      Saluda

      1/ 18

      1:30-6:30 p.m.

      Thomson Depot

      136 Railroad St .

      Thomson , Ga.

      1/ 19

      4:00-7:00 p.m.

      Light House Baptist Church

      2150 Columbia Hwy. N.

      Aiken

      1/ 19

      7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

      Palmetto Health Baptist

      1501 Sumter St .

      Columbia

      1/ 20

      8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

      Lexington County Sheriff TMs Dept.

      521 Gibson Road

      Lexington

      1/ 20

      9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

      Fairfield Central High School

      836 US Hwy 321 Bypass S.

      Winnsboro

      1/ 22

      9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

      Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

      1541 Lake Murray Blvd.

      Irmo

      1/ 23

      9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

      Tree of Life Congregation

      6719 N. Trenholm Road

      Arcadia Lakes

      1/ 24

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      Lexington UMC

      321 E. Main St .

      Lexington

      1/ 25

      1:30-6:00 p.m.

      Delta Air Lines

      100 Delta Dr .

      Augusta , Ga.

      1/ 25

      10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

      Augusta State University

      2500 Walton Way

      Augusta , Ga.

      1/ 26

      Noon-6:00 p.m.

      Spring Valley Rotary

      20 N. Trace Court

      Columbia

      1/ 26

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      Aiken Mall

      2441 Whiskey Road

      Aiken

      1/ 27

      7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

      Lexington Medical Center

      2720 Sunset Blvd.

      West Columbia

      1/ 27

      10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

      Augusta Tech

      3116 Deans Bridge Road

      Augusta , Ga.

      1/ 27

      10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

      Midlands Center

      8301 Farrow Road

      Columbia

      1/ 28

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      Jeep Roger YMCA

      900 Lake Carolina Dr .

      Columbia

      1/ 30

      8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

      Shandon UMC

      3407 Devine St.

      Columbia

      2/2

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      St. Stephens Lutheran Church

      119 North Church St .

      Lexington

      2/3

      2:00-7:00 p.m.

      Prince of Orange Mall

      2390 Chestnut St .

      Orangeburg

      2/4

      7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

      Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

      1101 Lincoln St .

      Columbia

      Here is a list of blood donation centers in your area:

      Columbia Donation Center 2751 Bull St . Columbia , SC 29201

      Blood donation hours: Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.Thursday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.Saturday: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

      Platelet donation hours: Sunday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.Monday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.Tuesday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.Thursday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.Friday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.Saturday: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.

      Sumter Donation Center 1155 N Guignard Dr . Sumter , SC 29150

      Blood donation hours: Monday: noon-6:30 p.m.Tuesday: noon-6:30 p.m.Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday: noon-6:30 p.m.Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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