Red Cross launches seasonal blood donor campaign

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 6, 2011

SALISBURY ó Itís the time of year when thoughts turn to home and the holidays. The American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to make those thoughts a reality for a few lucky blood and platelet donors.
The Home for the Holidays campaign, which began Saturday and runs to Dec. 31, gives each person who donates blood or platelets with the Red Cross an opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win one of three pairs of round-trip Delta Air Lines domestic tickets.
ěThe Red Cross is grateful to Delta for helping us find a unique way to say thank you to blood donors,î said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. ěPatients in area hospitals depend on the generosity of blood donors every day. The holiday periods are particularly challenging so we are especially grateful to those who roll up their sleeves this time of year.î
Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds,. The American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. About 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.
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.
Please consider donating during the month of October at one of the following locations:
Sunday, 2-6:30 p.m.
First Reformed Church, 210 N Central Ave., Landis.
Call Anita Erwin at 704-938-5460 to schedule an appointment.
Sunday, 9:30ń2 p.m.
Centenary United Methodist Church, 620 Centenary Road, Mount Ulla.
Call Pam Allred at 704-877-4377 to schedule an appointment.
Monday, noonń 4:30 p.m.
American Red Cross, E.H. Dole Chapter, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury.
Call the American Red Cross at 704-633-3854 for appointment.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 1ń5:30 p.m.
Mt. Zion United Church of God 1415 S. Main St., China Grove.
Call Ann Bullard at 704-857-6247 to schedule an appointment.
Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.ń 3:30 p.m.
Rowan Regional Medical Center, 612 Mocksville Ave., Salisbury.
Call Nancy Allen at 704-210-5377.
Friday, Oct. 21, noon- 4:30 p.m.
Bayada Nurses-Salisbury, 130 Arlington St., The Loflin Center, Suite A, Salisbury.
Call Ryan Michael at 704-797-8000 to schedule an appointment.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. ń2:30 p.m.
Canaan Baptist Church-Salisbury, 785 Barringer St., Salisbury.
Call Tallie Crowell at 704-642-1159 for an appointment
Sunday, Oct. 23 1-ń5:30 p.m.
Rock Grove United Methodist Church, 1050 Rock Grove Church Road, Salisbury.
Call Teresa Trammell at 704-857-3425 for more info or to schedule an appointment
Friday, Oct. 28, 2:30ń7 p.m.
St. James Lutheran-Rockwell, 131 W. Main St., Rockwell.
Call Karen Russell at 704-642-2859 for more info or to schedule an appointment
Friday, Oct, 28, noonń4 p.m.
Saleeby-Fisher, East Rowan YMCA, 790 Cresent Road, Rockwell.
Call Sarah Zander or Kathy Rummage at 704-279-1742 for more info or to schedule an appointment
Sunday, Oct. 30, 1-ń5:30 p.m.
Concordia Lutheran, 185 Concordia Church Road, China Grove.
Call Shelby Karriker at 704-857-7051 for more info or to schedule an appointment
Blood Drive schedule subject to change. Please call the office at 704-633-3854 for updated information.