Be an 'Everyday Hero' and donate blood
Blood donors are “Everyday Heroes” who help save lives. During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks.
“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Jennifer Stump, donor recruitment representative in the Carolinas blood services region. “Anyone can become an ‘Everyday Hero’ by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.”
March was first proclaimed Red Cross Month in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since that time, every president, including President Barack Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The organization has been helping people for more than 130 years.
The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
Saturday, March 8
Crabtree United Methodist Church Blood Drive
5405 Crabtree Road, Clyde
7:30 a.m. to noon
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call David Woody at 627-3666.
Monday, March 10
Junaluska Fire Department Blood Drive
90 Old Clyde Road, Lake Junaluska
1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Larry Stout at 456-9934.
Wednesday, March 12
Senior Resource Center Blood Drive
81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Monday, March 24
Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive
2412 Pisgah Drive, Canton
1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Jennifer Stump at 828-231-6511.
In addition to collecting and distributing about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year in the U.S., providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. The organization also offers 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families — in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world and trains more than seven million people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills every year.
For blood donation opportunities near you, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Blood can be donated every 56 days.