CUMMING, Ga. — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. That’s according to the Red Cross website. Thankfully, blood drives are held on a regular basis, in many parts of the country. This week, Beaver Toyota of Cumming hosted a drive.

“Once a quarter, we set up a blood drive here at the dealership,” Patrick Abad, the general manager, said. “We have people from the community plus we have 150 employees, so I know [the Red Cross] leave[s] here full.”

In July, the American Red Cross declared a national emergency blood shortage. They said they currently have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, and less than two-day supply of the critical Type O blood. 

That emergency has been extended through August.

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Abad says they recognize the importance of having an adequate blood supply, and they’re happy to help.

“It's never possible to have too much blood,” Abad said. “There's always a need. There's a need for all types of blood.”

To find a blood drive near you, click here.

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