The American Red Cross is offering an incentive to donate blood or platelets this month. The campaign, which runs through March 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 two pairs of roundtrip Delta Air Lines domestic tickets. The following blood drives are scheduled in your community:
— Thursday, March 3 - Franklin Community Blood Drive at First Baptist Church , 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred.
— Friday, March 11 - Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred.
— Wednesday, March 30, Macon Savings Bank, One Center Court, Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call (828)524-7000 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome; appointments preferred.
During the winter months, the blood supply often suffers tremendously, but the need for blood is constant. Therefore, the Red Cross is encouraging donors to start the year off right by helping make sure the blood supply in our region remains at an adequate level.
“Every day, people attend American Red Cross blood drives and give another chance to someone they will never meet,” stated Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer with the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross is grateful to Delta Air Lines for this unique opportunity to say thank you to blood donors for helping hospital patients in need.”
The Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet the needs of patients.
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.
To schedule a donation appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit on-line at redcrossblood.org.