American Red Cross Blood Drives in western Buncombe County, August 2012

By American Red Cross | Jul 31, 2012

News Release  

This Summer, the American Red Cross Asks Local Citizens to “Find the Hero In You”

Blood Donations Typically Decline in Summer, Need Remains Constant.

 

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 Delisa English, 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

 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!

 

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!

           

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!

   

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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