Nationwide Blood Shortage Leads Local Donors to Act

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- The goal for a Valley blood drive held on Aug. 4, is to get 18 pints of blood; but, there will be more opportunities throughout the week as well, as the American Red Cross, along with other blood drive services are looking for more blood donors during the summer.

Donations through the Red Cross are down about eight percent over the last 11 weeks. Workers say a lot of sponsors didn't host blood drives during the fourth of July, a popular donation time.

A Valley blood drive bus already has a handful of scheduled appointments. But, if you're willing to wait, there may be walk-in appointments at the Quaker Steak and Lube parking lot.

Andrew Pa, a Quaker Steak and Lube employee, walked in to donate today, and gives blood regularly.

"To help research potential cures for other illnesses, more people should go out and donate blood because it's just the mere fact that you know by donating blood, you're gonna save someone's life," said Pa.

If you'd like to donate blood, the event lasts until 7p.m. tonight, so you have about two hours to come and help save a life.

If you'd like to donate at a future time, there are some other events in the Valley, just click on the sidebar of this story to find out more. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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