The Blood Connection, a community blood center, announced it is seeing historically low blood donor turnout and has extended its center hours in response to this urgent need.
“It’s hard to believe, but the blood supply is in a worse place now than we were this time last year, which was the beginning of the pandemic,” said The Blood Connection media coordinator Allie Van Dyke. “And there doesn’t seem to be a clear reason for the decrease. The Blood Connection relies completely on the community for blood donations. So in times like this, blood donors are the only ones who can answer the call for help. It’s extremely important for everyone who is able to donate blood immediately with The Blood Connection to assure local hospitals and their patients have what they need.”
The community blood center’s donation sites are currently open earlier and later to accommodate more blood donors to fill its need of 800 blood donations per day to supply local hospital partners.
Prospective donors who have received any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines may donate blood immediately.
To find a location to donate blood, visit thebloodconnection.org/contact/south-carolina-centers.