The Red Cross needs blood. A press release on Jan. 28 announced that “Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, more than 3,200 of which were in the Carolinas Region.”
The slowing of donations doesn’t, however, slow the need for blood: “Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days – they must be replenished constantly.”
All types of blood are needed, but especially type O negative which is “t he preferred type for accident victims and babies needing exchange transfusions. There is always a need for Type O donors because their blood may be transfused to a person of any blood type in an emergency.” Type O positive is also in high demand because it’s the blood type of 40-percent of the population and “Patients with Type O blood must receive Type O blood.” Says one Red Cross center, “About half of all blood ordered by hospitals in our area is Type O.”
To be a donor “you must be 16 years old with parental consent or older. You must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and must not have donated blood in the past 8 weeks. Most medications won’t cause you to be deferred as a donor.”
A number of donation events are scheduled throughout the month of February. Check the list below for one close to you. If none of those dates or times work, consider donating at the Red Cross’ Asheville Fixed Donation Site at 100 Edgewood Road. Fins the hours and contact information for making an appointment here.
Bloodmobile drives in February include:
• Tuesday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at South College (29 Turtle Creek Drive, Asheville, 277-5521); also 8 a.m.-5 p.m. “Battle of the Badges” at
First Baptist Church (5 Oak St., Asheville, 258-3888 ext. 402).
• Wednesday, Feb 2, 1:30-6 p.m. at AB Tech’s Enka Campus (1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler, 704-860-8339).
• Thursday, Feb 3, 2-6:30 p.m. at Skyland UMC (1984 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, 684-7283); also 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Grove Park Inn (290 Macon Ave., Asheville, 253-0299 ext. 3004).
• Friday, Feb 4, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at Flesher’s of Fairview (3016 Cane Creek Road, Fairview, 628-2800).
• Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Lowe’s Home Improvement (89 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, 299-3788).
• Sunday, Feb. 6, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (10 N. Liberty St., Asheville, 253-0043).
• Thursday, Feb. 10, 2-6:30 p.m. at Francis Asbury UMC (725 Asbury Road, Candler, 667-3950); also 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Renaissance Asheville Hotel(31 Woodfin St., Asheville, 768-1808).
• Friday, Feb. 11, 2-6:30 p.m. at Spring Mountain Community (807 Old Fort Road, Fairview, 628-2363).
• Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2-6:30 p.m. at Newfound Baptist Church (2605 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 683-3178); also 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Montreat College (310 Gaither Circle, Montreat, firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Wednesday, Feb 16, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at UNC-Asheville’s Highsmith University Center (1 University Heights, Asheville, email@example.com).
• Friday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at AB Technical College’s Coman Student Activity Center (340 Victoria Road, Asheville, 254-1921 ext. 377).
• Tuesday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Enka Middle School (390 Asbury Road, Candler, 670-5010).
• Friday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at University of Phoenix (30 Town Square Blvd., Suite 220, Asheville, 654-1016); also noon-4:30 p.m. at Owen Middle School (730 Old US 70, Swannanoa, 686-7739).
• Sunday, Feb. 27, 1:30-6 p.m. at Barnardsville Baptist Church (1639 Barnardsville Highway, Barnardsville, 626-2000).