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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 3% 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 between April 1 and June 30, 2013.

“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.”

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, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

— Tuesday, June 4, State Employees Credit Union - Franklin Blood Drive, 245 Cunnington Road; Franklin,10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Call Lawren Cress at (828) 369-3536 or log on to – Keyword: SECU FRANKLIN - to schedule your appointment.

— Saturday, June 8 - Franklin Relay for Life Blood Drive, 100 Panther Drive; Franklin, 3:30 to 8 p.m. Call Brenda Wooten at (828)369-9221 or log on to Keyword: FRANKLIN RELAY - to schedule your appointment.

— Friday, June 21 - Lowe’s 0717, Franklin Blood Drive, Georgia Hwy, Franklin, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call Nancy Benson at (828)349-4654 or log on to – Keyword: LOWES- to schedule your appointment.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in.

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