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Red Cross blood donations at 'emergency' levels

The American Red Cross' blood supply has reached emergency levels.

The Red Cross announced this week that, with fewer than 50,000 donations expected in June, it currently has half the "readily available blood products" it possessed at this time last year. All blood types are needed, but especially O-positive, O-negative, B-negative and A-negative.

"We need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met," Randy Edwards, CEO of the Red Cross' southern region, said in a statement. "Each pint of whole blood can help save more than one life."

There is a Red Cross blood donation center located at 30900 Premiere Parkway in Duluth. To schedule an appointment of for more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

Several official blood drives are also scheduled locally for the coming weeks.

From 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, a blood drive will be held at the Lilburn Municipal Complex, located at 76 Main Street.

Another drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes and Noble located at 1350 Scenic Highway in Snellville. Yet another will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 on July 6 at the Snellville Community Center, located at 2342 Oak Road.