Red Cross planning local blood drives

redcrosThe American Red Cross has an urgent need for donations from all blood types. The process from the time you arrive until you leave takes about an hour. The donation itself takes about 8-10 minutes on average. Donors should be prepared to show a photo ID and, during a private interview, answer a few questions about their health history and places they’ve traveled. Donors will have their temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels checked. For more information about upcoming local blood drives, call 843-757-7437 or go to