Red Cross to Close Daily Blood Bank

The only daily American Red Cross blood donation center in the area is closing. The Red Cross plans to close the center in Charleston on Dec. 31st, meaning donors in the Kanawha Valley will have to go to either a one-day local blood drive or travel to other blood donation centers in the state. The closure is meant to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the Red Cross, and will mean the loss of a job for 45 workers in the Kanawha Valley. Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling will still operate daily blood donation centers.