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June blood drives needed to keep up with demand

The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need and to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available in the months ahead.
“Stories are the glue that bind many of us together,” said Delisa English, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Whether you needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear from you.”
The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which runs through Sept. 9. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org/summer to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.
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:
June 3, noon to 4:30 p.m., E.H. Dole Chapter blood drive, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd.
June 6, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Lutheran Home Trinity Oaks blood drive, 820 Klumac Road.
June 7, 3:30-8 p.m., Unity United Methodist Church blood drive, 8505 Unity Church Road, Kannapolis.
June 19, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Village Pharmacy, 610 W. Main St., Rockwell.
June 21, 2:30-7 p.m. at Autumn Care, 1505 Bringle Ferry Road.
June 21 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Genesis HealthCare, 710 Julian Road.
June 23, 1-5 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 620 Centenary Road, Mt. Ulla.
June 23, 12:30-5 p.m., Faith Baptist, 203 N. Main St., Faith.
June 29, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tilley Harley Davidson, 653 Bendix Drive.
June 30, 1-5 p.m., Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 U.S. 52.
June 30, 1-5 p.m., Rock Grove United Methodist Church, 1050 Rock Grove Church Road.
How to donate blood

Simply call (336) 413-3311 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 in some states), 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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