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Features Health & Wellness Blood donors eligible to win $3,000 gift card

Bills this summer making you sweat? Present to donate blood during the American Red Cross “Super Summer Save” campaign June 1 through July 31 for your chance to win one of two $3,000 American Express gift cards useable toward rent, mortgage payments, food or gas, and take a break from what’s breaking the bank.

Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has saved countless lives. However, the need for blood is constant. During the summer season, the blood supply often suffers, as many donors are on vacation or participating in seasonal activities. With drives held every week throughout Cherokee and Clay Counties, there are countless opportunities for donors to take a little time out of their schedules to donate a unit of blood and save the lives of up to three people.

— Wednesday, June 15

State Employees Credit Union Blood Drive, 145 Cunningham Road, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Lawren at (828)369-3536 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Wednesday, June 22

Lowes 4th Annual Blood Drive In Memory of Christopher Loren Smith, Georgia Highway, Franklin, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (828)349-4654 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Thursday, June 30

Franklin Community Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church, 60 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

“The past several months have been challenging,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region, “but blood donors have still been coming out to help people in our community and across the country. We hope this trend will continue through the summer and that people will see donating blood as an opportunity to give back without having to reach into their wallets.”

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

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

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