published Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Blood Assurance to open July 4, extend hours today

Blood Drives on July 4

• Vietnam Veterans, Chapter 942: Fourth of July celebration, Soddy Lake in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Baskin Robbins: 3040 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.

• Mike Killian Fireworks: 1505 South Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Source: Blood Assurance

Due to a critical need for blood by area patients, all locations of Blood Assurance will be open on Wednesday and three off-site blood drives are scheduled in the immediate area.

Type O negative and B negative donations are the two most crucial shortages, but A positive, B positive and O positive also are needed, according to a Blood Assurance news release.

Area hospitals require a minimum of 400 units daily from Blood Assurance, the region's sole supplier.

In addition to being open July Fourth, Blood Assurance is extending its hours at many locations today.

The Downtown Chattanooga, Gunbarrel Road, North River, Cleveland, Tenn., Fort Oglethorpe and Dalton, Ga., donor centers will be open today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The donor center inside Erlanger Medical Center will offer extended hours this coming week. Monday and Wednesday hours will be noon to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday hours will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday's hours will be 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Effective Monday, the downtown and Gunbarrel Road centers will remain open until 7 p.m. to allow more time for donors to give blood after work.

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