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Community Blood Center of the Carolinas asking for summer donations

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The schedule for the day showed four appointments, but the chairs remained empty.

“Those four units are kind of what we were counting on today, so unfortunately we're hoping someone else will walk through the door,” said Gary Brant, donor recruiter with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

Lately, that has happened a lot at the center -- people making appointments to give blood, but not keeping them and not giving notice that they are canceling.

Local families, usually in a time of crisis, are ultimately the ones impacted by empty chairs.

Unlike national organizations, Community Blood Center of the Carolinas directly supports the Piedmont community.

It is the primary blood provider for Cone Health.

“When one of the Cone hospitals either calls in or emails an order, it comes to Community Blood Center," Brant said.

The center requires about 400 units of blood every week to cover patients locally.

About 20 to 25 percent of all its blood donations come through high schools and colleges, but schools are on break.

There is a push for churches, businesses and groups to host drives and help meet the need.

Greensboro Chive, a grassroots group that supports local humanitarian and charitable causes, was inspired to help locally after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

“We decided why don't we help our community and make sure we're prepared for anything,” said Gino Serafico, co-founder of Greensboro Chive.

Members gave blood, but decided they wanted to give more than a one-time donation.

Greensboro Chive is partnering with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas to hold a blood and platelet drive later this summer.

To donate blood or platelets at the Greensboro location call (336) 938-0269.

For information on hosting a blood drive, click here.

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