The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations, saying inclement weather often leads to a drop in donations.
Red Cross press release:
Start a lifesaving habit by giving blood with the American Red Cross
Buncombe County —The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year.
Winter is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
ASHEVILLE BLOOD DONOR CENTER
100 Edgewood Road, Asheville
Please call 1-800-REDCROSS 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
Saturday, February 7 … 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Community Blood Drives
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 3 & 4
University of North Carolina Asheville in the Highsmith Student Center
1 University Heights, Asheville
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit redcrossblood.org, Sponsor Code: uncasheville or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Free T-shirt to all presenting donors!
Tuesday, February 3
Skyland Crest Shopping Center
1950 Hendersonville Road, Skyland
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Elizabeth Bopp at (828) 681-8769.
Thursday, February 5
Black Mountain Community
117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Lisbet Chrisman at (828) 669-2725 extension 110.
Friday, February 13
Charles George V.A. Medical Center
1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit redcrossblood.org, Sponsor Code: CGVAMC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Sunday, February 15
First Presbyterian Church
40 Church Street, Asheville
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Church Office at (828) 253-1431.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.