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American Red Cross -- WNC Chapter -- Asks Donors to Donate Now!
THREE BLOOD TYPES AT LESS THAN A DAY'S SUPPLY
(Western North Carolina) - Two weeks into the new year, the American Red Cross faces a severe shortage of several blood types. Locally, supplies of type O negative, B negative and A negative blood are at less than a day's supply despite repeated calls to donors to give blood over the past month.
The Red Cross is asking blood donors to donate immediately to prevent supply levels from dropping even further in the coming days and weeks.
"It is important to note that coming off of a major holiday period, the need for blood never takes a holiday," says Patrick Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of the Asheville-Mountain Area Red Cross. "In addition to the holiday challenges, during the winter, donations drop and the supply of blood often dips to dangerously low levels."
While all blood types are needed, the low supply of type O blood is of particular concern. Type O is the most commonly used blood type. O negative blood can be used for all patients, but it is often essential to the treatment of trauma patients, newborns and women who are pregnant.
Following is a list of bloodmobile drives scheduled in the area. Donors must be at least 17 year's old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors are required to have positive photo identification and are encouraged to make an appointment by calling the number listed. Please, make an appointment today.
Sunday, January 13 8:30a.m.-1p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church 10 N. Liberty Street Asheville, 28801 253-0043
Sunday, January 20 9:30a.m.-1:30p.m. Beth Ha - Tephila Congregation 43 N. Liberty Street Asheville, 28801 683-6289
Sunday, January 20 12p.m.-4:30p.m. Weaverville UMC 85 N. Main Street Weaverville, 28787 658-9908
Monday, January 21 10a.m.-2:30p.m. Arden Community Health Fair @ Arden 7th Day Adventist Church 35 Airport Road Arden, 28704 685-2344
Tuesday, January 22 2:30p.m.-7p.m. Beverly Hills Baptist Church 777 Tunnel Road Asheville, 28805 299-9233, after 1p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 3:30p.m.-8p.m. Biltmore Baptist Church 35 Clayton Road Arden, 28704 687-1111, ext. 207
Friday, January 25 2p.m.-7p.m. Biltmore Masonic Lodge 446 @ Land of Sky Shrine Club Jim's Branch Road Asheville, 28806 274-2081
Sunday, January 27 9a.m.-1:30p.m. The Rock of Asheville 273 Monte Vista Road Candler, 28715 670-7625
Monday, January 28 1:30p.m.-7p.m. Glen Arden Elementary School 50 Pinehurst Circle Arden, 28704 654-1800
Monday, January 28 3p.m.-7p.m. Trinity of Fairview 276 Concord Road Fletcher, 28732 628-1188
Tuesday, January 29 3p.m.-7:30p.m. Trinity Baptist Church 216 Shelburne Road Asheville, 28806 254-2187
Tuesday, January 29 2p.m.-6:30p.m. North Point Baptist Church 110 Monticello Road Weaverville, 28787 658-2226
Wednesday, January 30 2p.m.-6:30p.m. AB Tech - Enka Campus 1459 Sand Hill Road Candler, 28715 430-0826
Thursday, January 31 9a.m.-2p.m. Erwin Middle School 20 Erwin Hills Road Asheville, 28806 232-4264
Thursday, January 31 2:30p.m.-6:30p.m. New Morgan Hill Baptist Church 370 Lake Drive Candler, 28715 667-4313
Asheville Blood Collection Center:
ASHEVILLE BLOOD CENTER, LOCATED AT 100 EDGEWOOD ROAD
Asheville Blood Center Hours:
These additional hours have been added due to blood shortage:
Positive photo ID is required and appointments are strongly suggested. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE for an appointment or 1-877-975-2835 for platelet donations.
Donors are asked to visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543). The Carolinas Blood Services Region needs 1,600 blood donations a day in order to adequately supply the 103 hospitals it serves. Donors must be age 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.