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Features Health & Wellness Red Cross asks citizens to ‘find the hero in you’

Sporting “I Make a Difference” stickers, Drake Enterprises employees line up to give blood at its yearly Red Cross Blood Drive held on July 17 at Premiere Marketing, 261 East Palmer Street, Franklin. Drake employees donated 63 units of productive blood. Wayah Insurance Agency also participated in the drive for the second year. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.Summer has become synonymous with superhero blockbusters, but there’s no need for tights and a cape to be someone’s hero. The Red Cross is asking local citizens to “Find the Hero In You” by giving blood or hosting a blood drive. By supporting the Red Cross, anyone can be a hero to a neighbor in need of lifesaving blood.

“I want to thank our local heroes who make it a priority to give back by giving blood and hosting blood drives,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Summer tends to keep many donors away from blood donation centers and blood drives, but the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products.”

High schools and colleges account for about 22 percent of Red Cross blood collections throughout the Southeast. With schools being closed for the summer, the Red Cross loses a large portion of its donor base at this time every year. Vacations, travel, weather and busy summer schedules are some of the other reasons donations decline. Unfortunately, the need for blood does not take a vacation. Approximately 1,600 blood donations are needed daily in the Carolinas Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for local hospitals.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

— Tuesday, August 7 - SCC Macon Campus Blood Drive at Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (828)306-7017 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Thursday, Aug. 9, Macon Bank Blood Drive, One Center Court, Franklin, noon to 4:30 p.m. Call (828)524-7000 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Tuesday, Aug. 28, State Employees Credit Union Blood Drive, 245 Cunningham Road, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call Lawren Cress at (828)369-3536 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for a $3,000 gift card. By donating early in the season, blood donors in the community can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time.

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 and all high school students must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). Call 1-877-975-2835 to make an appointment to donate platelets.


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