Red Cross always in need of more blood donations

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers willing to help save other people’s lives with their blood.

Once every two months, the organization sets up shop at a vacant storefront beside the vacant JCPenney inside University Mall from 11:30 to 5:30 p.m. for donations. At their drive in the mall Oct. 11, they surpassed their 24-unit collection goal by 12 units.

The 36 units donated will ensure as many as 108 people are given life-saving treatment.

Red Cross Birmingham Team Supervisor Steven Szumplawski said blood donations declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the drive’s success is extra special.

“We need all blood donors to come out and donate, whoever is willing,” said Szumplawski.

He said all blood types are useful, and more people are eligible than they think.

“Normally we don’t see a slowdown at this point in the year, but this year we are seeing a slowdown,” he said. “We need everyone to come out, donate blood, take the time, save a life.”

If you missed the blood drive at University Mall, there are still plenty more opportunities around West Alabama, including:

  • Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors, 2007 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa
  • Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: University of Alabama College of Education, 520 Colonial Drive, Tuscaloosa
  • Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Cypress Inn Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Rd. N., Tuscaloosa

Interested in donating blood for the first time? You can learn more about how easy it is and what’s required of you right here.

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