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The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood or platelets this March in celebration of Red Cross Month. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.
Donors can make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old (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 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.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
• March 4 — Noon to 6 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. S.
• March 8 — Noon to 5 p.m., St. Therese Catholic Church, 700 Nash St. NE.
• March 12 — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fike High School, 500 Harrison Drive.
• March 2 — 1:30-7 p.m., Sandy Cross United Methodist Church, 3725 Sandy Cross Road.
• March 2 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nash Community College Building A, 522 N. Old Carriage Road.
• March 5 — 2-6 p.m., Parkwood Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Hill Road.
• March 13 — 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Outback Steakhouse 210 Gateway Blvd.
• March 13 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St.
• March 13 — 4-7 p.m., Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive.
• March 9 — 2:45-7 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 211 E. St. James St.