Valdosta Daily Times

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February 13, 2014

Blood donations needed

VALDOSTA — Throughout the week, news reports have noted that schools, businesses, flights, etc., have closed throughout North Georgia because of the winter weather.

Among these closures are the blood collection sites and blood drives north of Macon — leaving Georgia with an urgent need for blood donations from other parts of the state.

Our part of Georgia.

Already, the American Red Cross was facing severe shortages. Nationwide, blood donations were down by approximately 10 percent in January.

“There is an urgent need for type O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative blood,” according to the Red Cross. “Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood.”

Giving blood saves lives.

With the northern half of the state not only closed but facing critical conditions for travel and other activities, blood donations are a need that must be met.

In truth, a need that only we in South Georgia can fulfill at this time for the rest of the state.

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