Blood and platelets needed at drives

  • Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 11:15 a.m.

About 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood; however, only 3 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.

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.

Upcoming blood drives:

Thursday May 23, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday May 28, JF Hurley YMCA, 1:30 to 6 p.m.

Sunday May 26, Organ Lutheran Church, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday May 30, Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, 3 to 7 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call (336) 413-3311 or visit

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