Donate to Red Cross blood drives in January

Dec 17, 2012

Planning your next do-it-yourself or home improvement project? People who present to donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion held from Jan. 1 through March 31, will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store.

Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant.

“Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This time of year is always challenging, but we hope our dedicated donors continue to make it a priority to build a better blood supply.”

Upcoming Haywood donations will be:

• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Walmart, 135 Town Center Loop, Waynesville.

Call 456-4828 to schedule an appointment.

• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Long’s Chapel UMC,175 Old Clyde Road, in Waynesville.

Call Carol at 627-2808 or go to and enter sponsor code Longs Chapel to schedule an appointment.

• 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, in Waynesville.

Call Suzanne at 356-2816 or 452-2370 or go to and enter sponsor code: Sr Resource Center Haywood to schedule an appointment.

• 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the  Center Pigeon Fire Department, 2412 Pisgah Drive, in Canton.

Call 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) or go to and enter sponsor code: Center Pigeon FD to schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday to meet hospital demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800 733-2767) or visit