MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- This is the time of year that blood demand goes up, yet donations go down, according to officials with the American Red Cross.
This year will be especially hard because shortages were already being reported in September, causing hospitals in some areas in the U.S. to cancel elective surgeries.
In September, the Red Cross was reporting 36,000 units on-hand daily in the country, far short of the 80,000 units it needs to have on hand, officials said.
In response to the shortage, a blood drive will be held at the Georgia Career Institute on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The institute is located at 1233 Delbridge St. next door to the Rutherford Farmer's Co-Op.
The Red Cross will provide light refreshments to donors, and the Georgia Career Institute will have a drawing that donors can enter.
The school will also be accepting food donations for the food bank, and donations for the care of Ethel, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office dog that finds missing persons.
For more information, contact Joyce Myers at 615-896-0702.