Only three percent of the population donates blood products

Apr 16, 2013

About 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood; however, only three percent actually do. The American Red Cross is encouraging individuals to join those who have stepped up to help save lives by donating blood or platelets with its spring promotion, “Just three percent do, will you?”

The Red Cross appreciates those who make it a priority to give blood and will offer a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to presenting blood and platelet donors through June 30.

“While only about three percent of the population donates blood, many of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients who depend on transfusions. It is important that our donors realize the impact they have on the lives of so many.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

• 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 13  — Junaluska Fire Department Blood Drive, 90 Old Clyde Road, Lake Junaluska. Call Larry Stout at 456-9934 to schedule an appointment.

• 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 — North Hominy Community Center Blood Drive, 2670 Newfound Road, Canton. Call Janice Liner at 648-3220 to schedule an appointment.

• 10 am to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 — Senior Resource Center Blood Drive, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Call Suzanne Hendrix at 356-2816 o 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 week day to meet hospital demands.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

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