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Features Health & Wellness ‘Give Something That Means Something’ with Red Cross blood drives this Fall

The leaves are changing colors and temperatures are dropping. One thing that remains the same is the constant need for blood. The American Red Cross asks donors to “Give Something That Means Something” for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or tickets to your favorite concert or sporting event.

The “Give Something That Means Something” promotion, which runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross a chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.

“Donating blood is an opportunity for people to give the most important gift of all, the ‘Gift of Life,’” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross depends on the generosity of volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients in our area and across the country.”

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. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

— Tuesday, Oct. 2, SCC Macon Campus Blood Drive at the Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Cheryl Davids at (828) 306-7018 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

— Sunday, Oct. 7, Otto Community Blood Drive at the Asbury United Methodist Church Highway 441 South, Otto, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Call Phyllis Castle at (828) 524-3473 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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

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