After years of taking blood and platelet donations, the American Red Cross Donation Center in Gainesville will close on March 15.
“This decision is in response to the need to consolidate operations to ensure we can deliver cost-effective and reliable products and services for patients in need,” Laurie Nehring, communications director of Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications said.
Nehring assures people that the American Red Cross will continue to collect whole blood at area mobile drives. Additionally, the organization will take platelets and whole blood donations at the Red Cross donation centers in Alpharetta, Duluth and Athens.
“Please know the Red Cross will continue its life-saving mission,” Nehring said.
She said the focus of the Red Cross will remain the same through offering blood products to those in need, disaster preparedness, health and safety training, response activities, and services to military members, veterans and their families.
All hospitals in the area will continue to receive the necessary blood products for patients without interruption.
Antonio Rivera, staff member at the Gainesville Red Cross Donation Center, said for the past couple of decades people of Hall County have utilized the facility for giving blood.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, Rivera said he sees around 100 people walk through the doors each week.