Every Two Seconds Someone Needs Blood: Red Cross Urges Blood Donations

American-Cross-Red-Cross-LogoThe American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.

In Johnston County, a Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, August 2nd from Noon until 4:30pm at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 1140 B. H. Parrish Road, Benson; Wednesday, August 5th from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 109, 605 N. Wall Street, Benson;  Friday, August 7th from 2:30 to 7 p.m.at Baptist Center Church, 2163 Ranch Road, Clayton; Friday, August 7th from 2:00pm to 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Level Free Will Baptist Church, 1010 N. Peedin Ave., Pine Level; Wednesday, August 12th from 2:00pm to 6:30 p.m. at Selma Masonic Lodge 320, 405 N. Pollock Street, Selma; Thursday, August 13th from Noon to 4:30pm at Johnston Health, 509 N. Brightleaf Boulevard, Smithfield. 

In Wayne County, Blood Drives will be held Friday, August 14th from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wayne Memorial Hospital, 2700 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro; and Saturday, August 15th from 11:00am to 3:30pm at the Berkeley Mall, 614 Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro.

To make an appointment to give blood visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).