American Red Cross encourages donors

Dec 24, 2013

The American Red Cross is asking donors to help save lives with the “Give and Go” promotion. People who donate blood or platelets Jan. 1 to March 31, will be entered to win a $1,500 gift card to use toward a vacation getaway.

The “Give and Go” promotion gives donors the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives, along with a chance to get away and relax.

“Winter weather and busy schedules can keep donors away this time of year, but the need for blood is constant,” said Steve Maness, Interim CEO, Carolinas Blood Services Region.  “The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs.”

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 100 hospitals.  Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday to meet hospital demands.

With blood drives held every week throughout Western North Carolina, there are countless opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Haywood County include:

• 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 — First United Methodist Church Blood Drive, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code 12 Days.

All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt.

• 10: am to 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 8 — Senior Resource Center Blood Drive, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code SRC.

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 13 — Long’s Chapel Church Blood Drive, in honor of Don Merrell, 175 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville. To schedule an appointment, call Carol Honeycutt at 627-2808.

• Noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 —Evergreen Packaging Blood Drive, 34 Park St., Canton. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code Evergreen.

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 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.

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. Visit or contact Jennifer Stump at 231-6511 or