Red Cross Has Urgent Need For Blood

The American Red Cross is asking people to give the gift of life.  There is a current urgent need for blood and platelets.

Several extra blood drives have been scheduled in the area in the month of January in hopes of meeting the need.

Here is a list of some of the Red Cross Blood Drives in our area:

Smithfield
1/22/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 125 S. 4th St

1/25/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dept of Social Services Bldg 3, 806 North Street

1/31/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnston Community College, 245 College Road

Angier
1/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Providence Presbyterian Church, 14664 NC Hwy 210

Dunn
1/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Cornerstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 711 Susan Tart Road

Lillington
1/10/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Harnett County Government Complex, 309 West Cornelius Harnett Blvd.

1/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, 4350 US Hwy 421 South

1/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Services, 4350 US 421 HWY

Clayton
1/11/2019: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Clayton Center, 111 East Second St.

1/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., C3 Church, 8246 Cleveland Rd

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Oakland Presbyterian Church, 8927 Cleveland Road

1/31/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., East Clayton Elementary School, 2075 Hwy 42

Micro
1/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Micro Community Blood Drive, 102 East Main St.

Princeton

1/12/2019: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Princeton Church of God, 6085 Us Highway 70 E

1/23/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Princeton Elementary School, 650 Holts Pond Rd

Fuquay Varina
1/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Fuquay Varina United Methodist Church, 100 S Judd Pkwy SE

1/20/2019: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Abiding Presence Lutheran Ch, 7300 Sunset Lake Rd.

Garner
1/22/2019: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement, 101 Cleveland Crossing Dr

Wendell
1/19/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wendell Baptist Church, 3651 Wendell Blvd

1/26/2019: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Bethany Baptist Church, 3417 Rolesville Road

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org.