The Biomedical Services division, which controls the testing and supply of donated blood to hospitals, is reducing the size of its workforce by about 2 percent - approximately 380 workers.
Spampinato said the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, which includes West Virginia, recently notified 45 of its 550 staff members that their positions would be eliminated effective Dec. 31.
The reduction will not affect the Red Cross' other West Virginia blood donation centers in Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling.
The organization will also still continue to hold blood drives at area churches, businesses, schools and other community locations.
Spampinato did not know exactly how many employees at the Charleston blood donation center would be laid off at the end of the year. She did say the Red Cross would offer some employees transfers to other offices around the region.
"We understand this is happening during a difficult time of year and that these changes will affect the lives of our employees and their families," she said. "The Red Cross will make every effort to assist those impacted by this reduction in force, including consideration for other open positions in the region."
For directions to other blood donation centers, or for information on community blood drives, individuals can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.