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Hospital’s Blood Drive will Help Replenish American Red Cross Supplies

Conyers, Ga. (August 8, 2019) – Piedmont Rockdale Hospital and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Building A Classrooms.

In July, the Red Cross issued a call for blood and platelet donors after fewer donations were received in the month of June, leading to a blood shortage in the South Blood Services Region. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion for medical care such as surgeries, traumatic injuries, cancer treatments, or chronic illnesses.

Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood, however, that is only 3 percent of individuals eligible to donate. With your donation, you will be potentially saving up to three lives while replenishing the blood supplies available to patients.

To give blood, a donor must be: in good health; age 17 years or older; weigh at least 110 pounds; not have donated blood within the last 56 days; and, show a valid photo I.D. It is recommended donors eat a snack or meal within two hours prior to donating blood.

While walk-in donors are welcome, Piedmont Rockdale is encouraging everyone to make an appointment to donate blood on Tuesday, Aug. 20. To schedule an appointments, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: piedrockdale.

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