American Red Cross urges public to give more blood during summer months

From the press release from the American Red Cross:

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, August 9, 2012 – The American Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. However, additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer.

“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in Buncombe County who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives,” said Delisa English, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts.”

Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the Red Cross first issued its appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by approximately 30 percent to date. To keep up the momentum, the organization encourages anyone who has not yet given blood this summer to schedule an appointment and bring just two friends or family members along with them.

Although the number of blood donations has increased, the situation remains tenuous and more donors are needed in the coming weeks. If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect – there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer.

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

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

Community Blood Drives

Thursday, August 9
Black Mountain Community Blood Drive at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church
117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Please call Margaret at 669-6729 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!

Friday, August 24
Fairview Community Blood Drive at the Fairview Fire Department
1586 Charlotte Highway, Fairview
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Please call 258-3888 extension 415 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
Black Mountain Fire Department Blood Drive
106 Montreat Road, Black Mountain
11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Please call Bethany at 828-713-0758 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 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!


How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

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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