Critical shortage of blood

All blood types and platelets are needed at Shepeard Community Blood Center.   Officials there are reporting a critical shortage.

Shepeard Community Blood Center supplies local hospitals in the CSRA, including AU Health, Piedmont-Augusta, Aiken Regional, and Burke Medical Center.

As a special incentive, those who donate at any Shepeard Community Blood Center location or mobile drive through this Friday, July 29, will receive 2,000 bonus points.  Those points can be redeemed in Shepeard’s donor store for gift cards and t-shirts.

No appointment is needed to donate.  Visit for locations and hours.

There are also several mobile blood drives this week:

July 25—Women of Woodside Blood Drive, 230 Village Green Boulevard in Aiken.  9 a.m.-3 p.m.

July 25—Mount Vintage Neighborhood Blood Drive, 285 Mount Vintage Plantation Road.  1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

July 26—Piedmont-Augusta, 1350 Walton Way (look for the blood mobile in front of the hospital.)  9 a.m.-5 p.m.

July 27—Augusta Oncology Association, 3696 Wheeler Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 27—Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 733 Kaolin Road in Sandersville.  12 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

July 29—Edgefield County Hospital, 300 Ridge Medical Plaza;  8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

July 29—KJ’s Shopping Center in Edgefield, 155 Carolina Square.  12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.