The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target electronic gift card.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross blood donor app, visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities from Aug. 15-31 include the following:
Aug. 23 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Beddingfield High School, 4510 Old Stantonsburg Road
Aug. 23 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Agriculture Center, 1806 S. Goldsboro St.
Aug. 24 — Noon to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church of Wilson, 311 Nash St. NW
Aug. 28 — 2-7 p.m., Peace Baptist Church, 2838 Tilghman Road N.
Aug. 29 — 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hardy Alumni Hall, 704 -A Atlantic Christian College Drive
Aug. 30 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Country Club, 4509 Country Club Drive
Aug. 21 — 3-7 p.m., Eagles Baptist Church, 184 N.C. 124 W.
Aug. 15 — 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Johnson Controls Inc, 301 N. Main St.