Blood drives scheduled for July

Jun 20, 2014

“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Independence Day, which is why all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

“100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

— Taylor Motor Company, 10 a.m. to 2:3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at 524 Russ Ave., Waynesville. Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment. All participating donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt.

— Senior Resource Center, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “SRC.”

— Crabtree United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at 5405 Crabtree Road, Clyde. Call David Woody at 627-3666 for information or to schedule and appointment.

— High Street Baptist Church, 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 14, at 73 High St., Canton. Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “HighStreetBaptist.”

— Longs Chapel United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at 175 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville. Call Carol Honeycutt at 627-2808 for information or to schedule an appointment.

— Town of Canton Armory, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at 71 Penland St., Canton. Call Alexis at 550-8520 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.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.

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