Red Cross announces local opportunities for the community to give blood, help others

Press release

From the American Red Cross:

Buncombe County, November 2013 – The holidays bring families and friends together in hopeful times to share in celebrations and special times of giving. For families dealing with a cancer diagnosis or other major illness, their holidays may not be so hopeful. Give someone hope by giving the generous gift of a blood or platelet donation. Each donation you make can help save up to three lives. What better gift could you possibly give this time of year?

“Donating blood is an opportunity for people to give the most important gift of all, the ‘Gift of Life,’” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross depends on the generosity of our donors to be able to meet the needs of patients in our area and across the country.”

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

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

For the whole month of November:
All presenting donors may enter to win a NFL Package (Recliner from Ashley’s Home store & a Bucket of Chicken from KFC)!

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
Receive a $10 Neo Burrito Gift Certificate!
Every Thursday, Closed Thanksgiving 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 2 7:30 am to12:30 pm

Community Blood Drives

Sunday, November 3
Abigail Dockery Memorial Blood Drive
20 New Street, Asheville
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Niroshi Wijewickrema at (919) 274-3204.

Friday, November 8
Groce United Methodist Church Blood Drive
954 Tunnel Road, Asheville
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Charles Crawford at 298-7808.

Friday, November 8
West Ridge Auto Sales Blood Drive
1473 Patton Avenue, Asheville
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Ken Mertens at 258-8085.

Saturday, November 9
William Peterson Memorial Blood Drive
3 Monticello Road, Weaverville
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Eirene Peterson at 645-8777.

Monday, November 11
Mars Hill University and A-B Tech South Blood Drive
303B Airport Road, Arden
2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Jason Fair at 398-7716.

Monday, November 18
Haw Creek Elementary School Blood Drive
21 Trinity Chapel Road, Asheville
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call the school at 298-4022.

Monday, November 18
West Asheville Baptist Church Blood Drive
926 Haywood Road, Asheville
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call Linda Teague at 683-3752.

Wednesday, November 20
University of North Carolina Asheville Blood Drive
1 University Heights, Asheville
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code uncasheville or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Thursday, November 21
Lutheran Church of the Nativity Blood Drive
2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call the Church Office at 684-0352.

Friday, November 22
Black Mountain Fire Department Blood Drive
106 Montreat Road, Black Mountain
10:30 am to 3:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Friday, November 22
Reuter Family YMCA Blood Drive
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
7:30 am to12:00 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code missionasheville or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Monday, November 25
Chili’s Grill & Bar Blood Drive
253 Tunnel Road, Asheville
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
For more information or to schedule your appointment please go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code chilis or call 252-4999.
All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt and a Chili’s Coupon!

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

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 visitredcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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