The summer drought affects more than plants and produce.
The need for blood donors raises with the mercury during the summer months, says Louann Freshour, director of the Lincoln County chapter of the American Red Cross.
â€œIt just seems like we get into the summer shortage,â€ she says.
In response to the need, the local chapter hosted a Blood Mobile Thursday at the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
Twenty pints of blood were collected.
Audra Ellis of Lincolnton says she comes to the Blood Mobile at least once a year.
â€œI have the rarest blood type there is so I give all the time,â€ she says.
Ellis has AB negative blood and has been a donor since she was a teenager.
Despite Thursdays donations, the local chapter did not make its goal of 2,541 during the fiscal year which ends this month. They fell about 500 pints short.
But Freshour says July should give the upcoming year a jump start. Nine Blood Mobiles are planned for next month.
â€œCome July weâ€™re going to be real optimistic and meet our goal,â€ she says. â€œWhen we reach goal we feel like weâ€™re doing our part to reach patient need.â€
The goal for the upcoming year is to collect 2,129 pints.
To donate, people need to:
Â· be at least 17-years-old
Â· weigh more than 110 lbs.
Â· have a valid ID
Â· be in good health
Julyâ€™s Blood Mobiles will be held at the following locations, dates and times:
July 7 â€” James W. Warren Citizens Center, 2:30 to 7 p.m.
July 12 â€” Faith Baptist Church, 2:30 to 7 p.m.
July 19 â€” Cedar Grove Lutheran Church, 2:30 to 7 p.m.
July 21 â€” Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 3 to 7 p.m.
July 27 â€” First Presbyterian Church.by Diane Turbyfill