Mary Alice Reporting – Blood shortages are still an issue and several drives are planned in the local area.

The month of July will see several donation drives and the need for red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma continue.

Donor turnout saw a sharp decline over the past couple of years but openings are still available at several drives through the American Red Cross.

On Monday, July 18th, Buckeye Career Center is hosting a drive that still has spots available between noon and 6pm.

On July 22nd, from 1pm to 7pm, participants can go to the Frist United Methodist Church, on W. High Avenue, and on Tuesday, July 26th, a drive will be held at New Towne Mall.

Blood donations take roughly an hour and Medical Director with the Red Cross, Dr. Baia Lasky, says there are a few things to remember before going to a site.

“We recommend that individuals are well hydrated, that they eat a healthy meal, nothing too fatty, and are well-rested, and just in general feeling healthy and well.”

All blood types, with the most needed type O blood group, are needed; as well as, platelets, which are the clotting portion of the blood.

More specifics on donor eligibility is available at www.redcrossblood.org.

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