Tuesday, November 28, 2023

With donations down, Red Cross asks people to give blood this holiday season

WILMINGTON — The American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to donate blood or platelets now and into the new year.

According to the Red Cross, last year nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given during the seven weeks from Thanksgiving through the first week of January as compared to the average during the rest of the year.

This holiday season decline often occurs because regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Many blood drives may also be canceled because of severe winter storms.

“By taking just about an hour of time today, you can help save someone’s life within a few weeks or even days of your donation,” said Maya Franklin, communications manager of the Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.

Blood is perishable and can only be replenished by volunteer donors. Red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days and platelets, the tiny cells that form clots and help stop bleeding, must be transfused within just five days.

More than half of all platelet donations go to cancer patients who need platelet transfusions to prevent life-threatening bleeding during chemotherapy.

“We’re asking donors to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it most,” said Franklin.

Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross RapidPass pre-donation health history online questionnaire, Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a special thank-you for taking the time to donate, those who come to give Dec. 21 through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Brunswick County
Boiling Spring Lakes
12/21/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Boiling Spring Lakes Community Blood Drive, 1 Leeds Road, Southport.
Holden Beach
1/4/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holden Beach Chapel, 147 Brunswick Avenue
Oak Island
1/11/2018: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Oceanview United Methodist Church, 8400 E. Oak Island Drive.
12/19/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 MH Rourk Drive.
12/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation, 467 Laurel Valley Drive.
12/18/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash Street.
12/26/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walgreens Southport, 5098 Southport Supply Road.
1/11/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dosher Hospital, 924 Howe St.
1/2/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty, 16 Causeway Drive.
New Hanover County
Castle Hayne
1/10/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cape Fear Community College – North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road
12/18/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
12/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
12/21/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Anchor Baptist Church, 300 Futch Creek Road.
12/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
12/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 514 South College Road.
12/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
12/28/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Road.
12/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
1/2/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wilmington VA, 1705 Gardner Road.
1/10/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
1/12/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Hanover Regional Medical Center North &  Airlink Vitalink, 151 Scotts Hill Medical Drive.
1/15/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Scotts Hill Baptist Church Cross Point Center Green Room, 185 Scotts Hill Loop Road.
Pender County
12/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Surf City Dental, 301 Aloha Way.

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