MOULTRIE — Every donor in today’s American Blood Drive will receive a commemorative umbrella in celebration of the organization’s 125th anniversary, organizers said Wednesday.

Red Cross also is extending the hours of the drive at Colquitt EMC on Rowland Drive from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. in hopes of collecting more donations as hurricane season gets under way.

“We’re trying to build up as much as possible to buffer for not having high school drives during the summer,” said Nikki Stewart, Red Cross donor recruitment representative. “... We lose so much of our supply after the high school drives stop, and a lot of the ones in our area have done their last one, so we need the help.”

With only 3 percent of the nation’s population donating blood, the need remains high. Right now, the most demand is for Type O and Type B, Stewart said.

“I know the message gets worn out sometimes, but it’s still the same — all the time,” she said.

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