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City comptroller to host Red Cross blood drive on Aug. 16

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

In honor of the creator of the organization's blood banking system, the American Red Cross will hold it's annual blood drive this August. 

On Aug. 16, the Red Cross will hold it's semiannual Red Cross Charles Drew Blood Drive at St. Louis City Hall. It will be hosted by city Comptroller Darlene Green. It will be held in Room 208 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

While the drive will serve as an effort to save lives, it will also serve as a tribute to Dr. Charles Drew. 

Dr. Drew was a physician, surgeon, and medical researcher from Washington, D.C. According to the US Patent Office, Dr. Drew discovered a new way to preserve blood that revolutionized blood transfusions. The doctor discovered that plasma could be removed from the blood as a whole and used in transfusions. 

He is also credited with pioneering the American Red Cross' system of blood banking. 

Comptroller Green's office said there is a need for African-American donors for two reasons. The first being that 70 percent of African-Americans have type O or B blood. These blood types are most in demand currently. 

The second reason is regular blood transfusions could help those suffering from the sickle cell disease. 

Walk-in donors are welcome, but those donating are encouraged to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appoint, donors can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit the Red Cross' website. 

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