Red Cross launches ‘Summer of Stories’ blood donor campaign, announces local donation opportunities

Press release

From the American Red Cross:

Buncombe County, NC — The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need and to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available in the months ahead.

Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch the fireworks, to have a picnic, to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories, hospital patients are counting on eligible donors to make time to give blood or platelets so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

“Stories are the glue that bind many of us together,” said Delisa English, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Whether you’ve needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear from you.”

The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which kicks off May 23 and runs through Sept. 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org/summer to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

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 August:
Drawing for 2 Saturday Passes to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN!

Drawing week of August 5: Enter to win 1 of 3 Sam’s Club gift cards worth $10 each.

Week of August 26: Each presenting donor will receive an Auto Bell Car Wash certificate for a free car wash.

Every Monday 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Every Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Receive a $10 Neo Burrito Gift Certificate!
Every Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Community Blood Drives

Thursday, August 1
Black Mountain Presbyterian Church Blood Drive
117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Margaret at 669-6729.

Saturday, August 3
Reed Memorial Baptist Church Blood Drive
756 Fairview Road, Asheville
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Tuesday, August 6
Lutheran Church of the Nativity Blood Drive
2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Church Office at 684-0352.

Tuesday, August 6
Calvary Baptist Church Blood Drive
531 Haywood Road, Asheville
1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call McKenzie Miller at 712-1756.

Wednesday, August 7
Chili’s Grill & Bar Blood Drive
420 Airport Road, Arden
1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Joe Menough at 684-5067.
All presenting donors will receive a Chili’s coupon and an American Red Cross T-shirt!

Wednesday, August 7
Hominy Baptist Church Blood Drive
135 Candler School Road, Candler
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Church Office at 667-4541.

Thursday, August 8
Chili’s Grill & Bar Blood Drive
253 Tunnel Road, Asheville
noon to 5 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Bahnson Lovelace at 252-4999.
All presenting donors will receive a Chili’s coupon and an American Red Cross T-shirt!

Friday, August 9
Genova Diagnostics Blood Drive
84 Peachtree Drive, Suite 200, Asheville
noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Tonya Wilson at 210-7417.

Monday, August 12
Ingles Markets Inc. Blood Drive
2299 Us Highway 70, Swannanoa
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Wednesday, August 14
Buncombe County Employees Blood Drive at the Administration Building
200 College Street, Asheville
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code buncombecounty or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Thursday, August 15
Arden Seventh Day Adventist Church Blood Drive
35 Airport Road, Arden
2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Sharon Brown at 684-4525.

Friday, August 16
Salvation Army Blood Drive
750 Haywood Road, Asheville
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call David Bradley at 683-1666.

Monday, August 19
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Blood Drive
201 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville
2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Church Office at 254-4688.

Tuesday, August 20
University of North Carolina Asheville Blood Drive
1 University Heights, Asheville
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code uncasheville or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).

Thursday, August 22
Francis Asbury United Methodist Church Blood Drive
725 Asbury Road, Candler
2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Church Office at 667-3950.

Saturday, August 24
Broad River Fire & Rescue Blood Drive
44 Broad River VFD Road, Black Mountain
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Beth Cook at 669-0488.

Thursday, August 29
Mission Hospital, Inc. Blood Drive
501 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code missionasheville or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).
All presenting donors will receive a free gift and are automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card!

Friday, August 30
Reuter Family YMCA Blood Drive
3 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville
6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code missionasheville or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).
All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card!

Friday, August 30
Asheville Tourists Blood Drive
30 Buchanan Place, Asheville
3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code tourists or call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767).
All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross cap and are automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card!

Saturday, August 31
Lowe’s Blood Drive
19 McKenna Road, Arden
noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Ben Cutrufelli at 650-8000.
All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt and are automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 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 consent in some states), 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 about 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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