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Features Health & Wellness Pre-holiday blood drives set in Franklin

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to home and the holidays. The American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to make that those thoughts a reality for a few lucky blood and platelet donors.

— Friday, Nov. 18 - Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Tuesday, Nov. 29 - Macon County Public Library Blood Drive, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (828)524-3600 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Home for the Holidays campaign, which runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross an opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win one of three pairs of roundtrip Delta Air Lines domestic tickets.

“The Red Cross is grateful to Delta for helping us find a unique way to say thank you to blood donors,” stated Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Patients in area hospitals depend on the generosity of blood donors every day. The holiday periods are particularly challenging so we are especially grateful to those who roll up their sleeves this time of year.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American 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 demand.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 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 (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.


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