The American Red Cross in Georgia says blood supplies are critically low-even record low-across the state and nation.

Spokeswoman Ronnika McFall says nationwide, 550 fewer blood drives than normal were conducted during the July 4 holiday period. She says this time of the year tends to be slower anyway with donors on vacation or doing other things.

The Red Cross says in Georgia 4,650 blood donations are needed every day to meet hospital and patient needs.  McFall added that blood’s been going out faster than it’s coming in which could prompt postponement of some surgeries and endangering cancer and other types of care. She says Type O is the biggest need right now.

A blood drive is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at the Trion Recreation Center.  The Red Cross is urging Chattooga County residents to plan to donate blood at the blood drive.  The Blood Drive will be held from 12:30 – 5:30 PM at the Trion Rec located at 90 Dalton Street in Trion.
 Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.