Help build a better blood supply

Jan 22, 2013

Planning your next Do-It-Yourself or home improvement project? Present to donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion through March 31, for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Whether you’re looking for power tools, paint or your must-have DIY supplies, the Red Cross wants to reward donors who not only do-it-yourself, they do it for others.

Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs. With blood drives held every week throughout the area, there are opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.

“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 blood donation opportunities include:

• 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 — Haywood Community College Blood Drive at the Student Services Building, 185 Freedlander Dr., Clyde. Call 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment.

• 1:30 to 6 p.m.  Tuesday, Feb. 19  —  Maggie Valley United Methodist Church Blood Drive, in the fellowship hall, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Call Sue Gibson at (386) 956-7718 to schedule an appointment.

• noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 — Waynesville Community Blood Drive at the Waynesville Masonic Lodge meeting room, East Marshall Street, Waynesville. Call Hank Jaeger at 452-9586r to schedule an appointment.

• 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 27 — MedWest-Haywood Blood Drive at the Health and Fitness Center, 75 Leroy George Road, Clyde. Call 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) 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.

For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit