American Red Cross encourages public to be a hero by donating blood

From the press release from the American Red Cross:

Buncombe County – Summer has become synonymous with superhero blockbusters, but there’s no need for tights and a cape to be someone’s hero. The Red Cross is asking local citizens to “Find the Hero In You” by giving blood or hosting a blood drive. By supporting the Red Cross, anyone can be a hero to a neighbor in need of lifesaving blood.

“I want to thank our local heroes who make it a priority to give back by giving blood and hosting blood drives,” states Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. ”Summer tends to keep many donors away from blood donation centers and blood drives, but the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products.”

High schools and colleges account for about 22% of Red Cross blood collections throughout the Southeast. With schools being closed for the summer, the Red Cross loses a large portion of its donor base at this time every year. Vacations, travel, weather and busy summer schedules are some of the other reasons donations decline. Unfortunately, the need for blood does not take a vacation. Approximately 1,600 blood donations are needed daily in the Carolinas Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for local hospitals.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

ASHEVILLE BLOOD DONOR CENTER
100 Edgewood Road, Asheville
Please call 1-800-Red-Cross to schedule an appointment.

     Every Monday  12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
     Every Tuesday  2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
     Every Wednesday  7:30 am to 12:30 pm
     Every Thursday, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, August 24 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday, August 4 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

Community Blood Drives

Wednesday, August 1
Warren Wilson College Blood Drive
Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Please call Karen Kyle at 771-3065 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Thursday, August 2
Lowe’s of Arden Blood Drive
19 McKenna Road, Arden
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Please call 650-8000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Thursday, August 2
Francis Asbury United Methodist Church Blood Drive
725 Asbury Road, Candler
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Please call 667-3950 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Sunday, August 5
Black Mountain Moose Lodge Blood Drive
Old Hwy 70 East Extension
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Please call 582 5247 or 669-2220 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Monday, August 6
Lutheran Church of the Nativity Blood Drive
2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Please call 684-0352 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Wednesday, August 8
Heather Reid Memorial Drive
Chili’s – Airport Road
420 Airport Road, Arden
12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Please call 684-5067 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross T-shirt and are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Wednesday, August 8
Hominy Baptist Church Blood Drive
135 Candler School Road, Candler
2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Please call 667-4541 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Thursday, August 9
Heather Reid Memorial Drive
Chili’s – Tunnel Road
253 Tunnel Road, Asheville
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Please call 252-4999 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross T-shirt and are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Friday, August 10
Lowe’s of Weaverville Blood Drive
24 North Ridge Commons Parkway, Weaverville
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Please call 782-9020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Saturday, August 11
Lowe’s of Tunnel Road Blood Drive
89 South Tunnel Road, Asheville
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Please call 299-3788 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Monday, August 13
Nypro Blood Drive
100 Vista Boulevard, Arden
7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Please call 684-3141 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Monday, August 13
Salvation Army Blood Drive
750 Haywood Road, Asheville
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Please call 683-1666 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Tuesday, August 14
Buncombe County Blood Drive in the Training and Development Building
199 College Street, Asheville
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Please call 258-3888 extension 414 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Thursday, August 16
Arden Seventh Day Adventist Church Blood Drive
35 Airport Road, Arden
2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Please call 684-4525 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Sunday, August 19
Congregation Beth Israel Blood Drive
229 Murdock Avenue, Asheville
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Please call 253-2900 extension 140 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Wednesday, August 22
Ridgefield Business Park Blood Drive
200 Ridgefield Court, Asheville
10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Please call 250-2747 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Monday, August 27
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Blood Drive
201 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Please call 712-0217 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Wednesday, August 29
Buncombe County Board of Education Blood Drive
175 Bingham Road, Asheville
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Please call 255-5879 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Thursday, August 30
Woodfin YMCA Blood Drive
40 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Please call 505-3990 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Friday, August 31
Biltmore Park Blood Drive at the Reuter YMCA
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
6:30 am to 11:00 am
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

Friday, August 31
Mission Children’s Outpatient Center Blood Drive
11 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Please call 213-9650 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for $3,000 gift card!

By donating early in the season, blood donors in our community can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time. There are thousands of people in our community who will NOT make it a priority to donate blood this summer; the Red Cross asks if you will find the hero in you and help save lives.

Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger and all high school students must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Call 1-877-975-2835 to make an appointment to donate platelets.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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