BECKLEY - The American Red Cross needs help reaching its goal to fill a nationwide shortfall in donations.
There's an urgent need for all blood types, according to the group. Just one pint can help save as many as three lives.
At Wednesday’s Beckley blood drive, more than 10 locals donated blood in the first hour.
Matthew Parsons is 0+. He started giving blood in high school and has continued ever since.
“I grew up literally in Crab Orchard, and I know this town like the back of my hand, so for me to come out and give, that's my way of giving back, and if I could give back to this town in any way, it's the small things I pay attention to,” Parsons said.
The Red Cross would also like to clear up some common misconceptions: A donor is usually in and out of an appointment within 45 minutes.
General requirements include being in good health, at least 17 years old and more than 110 pounds. Donors with irregular iron levels or those on antibiotics will be turned away, according to the American Red Cross.
The ongoing blood drive will be held every Wednesday at the Red Cross building on Industrial Drive. More information is available online at www.redcrossblood.org.