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Features Health & Wellness Join three percent of population who donates blood in America

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 through 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, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org – Keyword: MACON to schedule an appointment.

— Friday, May 3, Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166; 1-800-RedCross or log on to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

— Thursday, May 9, Keller Williams Realty Blood Drive, 1573 Highlands Road; Franklin, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Connie Coker at (828)524-0100 or log on to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

— Monday, May 20, Mountain View Intermediate School Blood Drive, 161 Clarks Chapel Road; Franklin, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Sandy Keener at (828)349-1325 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

— Thursday, May 23, Franklin Community Blood Drive, First United Methodist Church-Franklin, 69 Iotla Street; Franklin, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Call (828)369-9559; 1- 800-Red- Cross or log on to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

— Friday, May 24, Junaluskee Lodge #145 Blood Drive, Church Street; Franklin, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Scott Montieth at (828)421-3026 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. 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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published: 10/18/2013
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