MedWest-Harris in Sylva will hold an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 to help with the decline in blood donations typically seen in summer months.
The American Red Cross sees a drop in blood donations during the summer months because regular donors are often busy with seasonal activities and may overlook scheduling appointments. Blood donations from high school and college students, which account for as much as 20 percent of donations during the academic year, also are not available when school is out of session.
Nationwide, American Red Cross blood donations are down by 10 percent, with 50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected. The American Red Cross currently has half the amount of readily available blood than they had at this time last year. Blood and platelet donors are needed.
Donors through MedWest-Harris should check in at the West entrance in the main lobby.