“We need your blood more than ever, as our supply remains at critically low levels,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “It is a huge challenge to keep up with our daily demand, and at the same time, rebuild from a record low supply this summer due to the extreme heat and severe weather along the east coast.”
Donors can roll up their sleeves here:
Mount Zion Baptist Church
12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 30
9904 Andrew Jackson Road
Waxhaw, NC 28173
The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet patient needs. Accident victims as well as 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. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
2011 Monroe Scoop