September blood drives start next week

  • Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:59 a.m.

With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate between now and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.


While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Sept. 4 — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd.

Sept. 9 — noon to 4 p.m. at E.H. Dole Chapter, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. W.

Sept. 12 — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Livingstone College, 701 W. Monroe St.

Sept. 23 — 2:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 205 St. Paul Church Road.

Sept. 29 — 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road.

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. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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