Blood donors can get tech savvy this summer and help save lives at the same time. Presenting blood and platelet donors during the American Red Cross “Donor Appreciation Days,” July 1 through 15, will get a chance to win one of five Apple iPad 2s. It’s just one of the ways the Red Cross will be saying “thank you” to donors.
— Friday, July 8 - Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (828)369-4166 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
— Saturday, July 9 - Mountain Valley Fire Department Blood Drive, 188 Echo Valley Road, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community Appreciation Day! Call (828)524-5765 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
— Tuesday, July 12 - Drake Enterprises Blood Drive, PRemiere Marketing - East Palmer Street, Franklin, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (828)349-5999 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
“This time of year is crucial as we work to keep up with the demand for lifesaving blood,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “As people take time out of their schedules to donate blood, we want to show our donors how much we appreciate them and their commitment to helping save the lives of patients in need.”
The summer is typically one of the most challenging times of the year for blood donations. Donations often decline as schools are out of session and families take vacations. However, the need for blood is constant. In fact, it usually rises due to seasonal accidents and elective surgeries. Donors with type O negative blood are always needed as O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to donors of any type in an emergency.
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, 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 safely given 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 redcrossblood.org.