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Red Cross Encourages Adding ‘Give Blood’ To Holiday Checklist

12/19/2016 at 3:11 | Posted by webmaster
(DECEMBER 19, 2016) - As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.   Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving. Donors with all blood types are needed now to help patients. As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give Dec. 22 through Jan. 8 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.   "Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the new year from a hospital room," said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager of the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region. "Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need."   Upcoming blood donation opportunities:  

NC

Beaufort

  Belhaven 12/22/2016: 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Advance Auto Parts, 504 US Hwy 264 Bypass 1/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mount Olive Church of Christ, 39353 US 264 E   Chocowinity 12/29/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chocowinity EMS and Fire Department, 512 Highway 33 East   Washington 12/22/2016: 2:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., Bath and Body Works, 861 Washington Square Mall 12/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lee Chevrolet, 2375 W. 5th Street 12/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Washington Waterfront, 301 Stewart Parkway 12/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Woodard's Pond Church of Christ, 8962 US Hwy 264 East 12/28/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Washington Assembly Of God, 2029 West 5th Street 1/3/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Free Will Baptist Church, 901 N. Bonner St. 1/4/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Church of Christ, 520 East 10th Street

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Bertie

  Merry Hill 1/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lawrence Academy, 148 Avoca Farm Road

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Carteret

  Atlantic Beach 1/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church, 201 E. Fort Macon Road   Beaufort 12/23/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Greater Joy Worship Center, 102 F Professional Drive   Morehead City 12/22/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Boys and Girls Club, 3321 Bridge Street 12/30/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Carteret Health Care, 3500 Arendell St., PO Box 1619 1/6/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 3606 Country Club Road 1/9/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First United Methodist Morehead City, 900 Arendell St.   Newport 1/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Croatan High School, 1 Cougar Lane

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Craven

  Havelock 1/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1100 E. Main Street   New Bern 12/23/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Carolina East Health System, 2000 Neuse Boulevard 12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard 12/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., The DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle Street 12/29/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., New Bern Fire Department, 1401 Neuse Blvd., PO Box 1129 1/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., JC Penney, 3100  Martin Luther King  Jr.Blvd 1/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Grantham Masonic Lodge 725, 1702 Old Cherry Point Road 1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 1/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 1/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Chur, 309 New Street

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Duplin

  Chinquapin 12/27/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sharon Baptist Church, 2775 Hwy 41 S. and Hwy 50   Kenansville 1/5/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Vidant Duplin Hospital, 401 North Main Street   Magnolia 12/30/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 208 E Main Street   Wallace 12/22/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion at Wallace Post 156, 529 East Southerland Street 12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pin Hook Church, 1650 Deep Bottom Road 1/2/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Campbell Center, Campbell Center, 513 SE Railroad Street

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Greene

  Snow Hill 12/30/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Greene County Recreation Department, 468 US 13

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Hyde

  Swanquarter 1/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department, 25 Oyster Creek Road

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Lenoir

  Deep Run 1/2/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Deep Run First Baptist Church, 3624 Old Hwy 11 South   Kinston 12/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kinston/Lenoir County Parks & Recreation, 800 Greenbriar Road 12/28/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Lowe's, 4489 Hwy 70 E. 12/28/2016: 1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m., Kinston Medical Specialist, 701 Doctor's Drive, Suite N 12/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 3006 Cary Road 12/29/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 800 Roundtree Street 12/30/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gordon Street Christian Church, 118 East Gordon Street 1/3/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1990 Hwy11 and 55 1/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Testament Baptist Church, 126 Neuse Road   Pink Hill 1/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pink Hill United Methodist Church, 102 Walnut St.

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Martin

  Jamesville 1/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jamesville Fire Department and EMS, 1035 Hayes St.

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Onslow

  Jacksonville 12/23/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Onslow Memorial Hospital/Education Building, 317 Western Boulevard 12/24/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lowes, 425 Yopp Road 12/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Jacksonville Mall, 375 Jacksonville Mall 1/6/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Onslow Memorial Hospital/Education Building, 317 Western Boulevard 1/8/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sam's Club, 1170 Western Blvd.   Swansboro 1/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Swansboro Moose Lodge #1425, 161 Norris Road

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Pitt

  Greenville 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Road 12/22/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., One Source Communications, 1655 E. Arlington  Blvd 12/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Peter's Church of Christ Disciples, 2866 Seven Pines Road 12/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 12/30/2016: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Overton's, 111 Red Banks Road 1/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 1/4/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parker's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2241 Old Pactolus Road 1/5/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Unity Church, 4301 Charles Blvd 1/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 1/12/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street, East Carolina University   Winterville 12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pitt County Shrine Club, 569 Irish Lane 12/31/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winterville Fire/Rescue Building, 2593 Railroad Street

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Washington

  Plymouth 1/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Plymouth Church Of Christ, 905 Washington Street   Roper 1/3/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Zion's Chapel Church of Christ, 6001 Hwy 32 North     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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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