The American Red Cross calls on eligible donors with all blood types to help maintain a sufficient blood supply this summer

WILMINGTON, NC July 16, 2014 — The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

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During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

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To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800- RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county, Aug. 1-15:

Bladen County
8/7/2014 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Dublin First Baptist Church Dublin, 7275 Albert St.

Brunswick County
8/13/2014 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick Forest Fitness & Wellness, 2701 Brunswick Forest

Oak Island
8/1/2014 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Oak Island Community Center, 4601 E Oak Island Dr.

8/4/2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. 2014-APL-00130

Columbus County
8/13/2014 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Whiteville United Methodist Church, 902 Pinckney St.

New Hanover County
8/11/2014 from 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, 5524 Myrtle Grove Rd.

Wilmington Fixed Site – American Red Cross – 1102 S. 16th St.
Monday 1-6pm, Wednesday 11:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8am-1:30pm, Second Sunday of the
Month 12-4:30pm

Pender County
8/5/2014 from 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Pender Memorial Hospital, 507 E. Fremont

8/11/2014 from 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Hampstead United Methodist Church, 15395 US Highway 17

Robeson County
8/2/2014 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at New Prospect Methodist Church, 4359 NC Highway 710

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;  supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides
international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is  a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public
to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.