Blood running low for the holidays

FAYETTEVILLE Blood banks in Fayetteville and at Fort Bragg are especially looking for donors, because many soldiers who deploy are not eligible to give for a year after they return.

So, there is a need for people like Mike Casey. Over the years he's donated more than four gallons of blood or blood platelets and he says he knows exactly how it's used.

"The platelets go to cancer patients, burn victims, neo-natal intensive care patients," Casey said. "There's a number of uses for the platelets."

Jim Griffith gives regularly too.

"I was waiting on my son to get his eyes done at the eye doctor so I came in to give blood," Griffith said. "I've given blood in the past and it's a good thing to do."

The holiday season is the toughest time to get people to remember to donate.

"During the holidays, less people come in and donate because of the hustle and bustle of the holidays as well as an increase in accidents," said Lindsey Graham with the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center. "So we really have to up the inventory of our blood supply for our community."

Officials say the whole process is pretty simple. You can be in and out in about 35 minutes. But if you can't make it to the Blood Donor Center, there are ways for you to give.

"Saturday is our pre-Christmas blood drive and we're trying to collect enough blood to get us through the holidays," Graham said.

The blood drive takes place beginning at 11 a.m. outside Buffalo Wild Wings on Skibo Road.

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