Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor celebrate World Blood Donor Day

Limited-edition Nexcare give bandage available now through June 14

GREENVILLE, N.C. June 9, 2015 — The American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor, will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14 with the seventh annual Nexcare give program. All eligible donors are urged to roll up a sleeve to donate blood or platelets to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage.

Niki Taylor, World Blood Donor Day celebrity spokesperson

Niki Taylor, World Blood Donor Day celebrity spokesperson

The give program was created to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood and platelets and inspire people to donate this summer and all year long. Nexcare developed a collection of limited-edition bandages surrounding this year’s theme, “Creating a Culture of Giving,” to remind donors of the importance of blood donation. The 2015 collection of bandages features eight vibrant designs inspired by patterns and textiles from various cultures and locations around the world. The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day

Many people say they never fully understood the importance of donating blood until they or someone they love needed it. Red Cross spokesperson and mother of four Niki Taylor understands the need for blood all too well. In 2001, she almost lost her life after a serious car accident. During her recovery, Taylor received approximately 100 units of blood. To this day, she credits her survival to the donors and doctors who helped save her life.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who wish to show support and share personal blood donation stories with others on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag #GiveInspires in their posts, tweets and photos.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 9-14 :

6/9/2014: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Newport Moose Lodge, 456 Roberts Road Newport
6/9/2014: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Southwood Memorial Christian Church, 1027 Hwy. 58 South Kinston
6/10/2014: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Askewville Baptist Church/Family Life Center, 110 East Askewville Street Windsor
6/10/2014: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: First Presbyterian Church, Carteret, 1604 Arendell St. Morehead City
6/10/2014: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: The DoubleTree by Hilton, 100 Middle Street New Bern
6/10/2014: 10:00 AM – 12:45 PM: Pirates Place townhomes, 1526 S. Charles Blvd Greenville
6/10/2014: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: E Carolina Univ Mendenhall Student Center, West 10th Street East Carolina University Greenville
6/10/2014: 3:15 PM – 6:15 PM: Campus Pointe Apartments, 2230 Greenville Blvd NE Greenville
6/11/2014: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM: PAS, 2010 West 15th Street Washington
6/11/2014: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Woodmen Community Center, 2602 West Vernon Ave Kinston
6/11/2014: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Tanglewood Church of God, 2103 Rouse Rd. Kinston
6/12/2014: 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM: Stanadyne, 230 Clarks Neck Road Washington
6/12/2014: 4:15 PM – 7:15 PM: Fitness Unlimited, 622 W. 15th Street Washington
6/12/2014: 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Glad Tiding Church, 4621 Country Club Drive Morehead City
6/13/2014: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 1007 Island Road Harkers Island
6/13/2014: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM: Fairfield Harbour, 558 Broad Creek Road New Bern
6/13/2014: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard New Bern
6/13/2014: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM: Beulaville Elementary School, 138 Lyman Road Beulaville
6/14/2014: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Starbuck’s # 11761, 5186 US Hwy 70 Morehead City
6/14/2014: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Eastern Pines Fire and Rescue, 5467 Eastern Pines Road Greenville
6/14/2014: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Waterford Place, 2792 Stantonsburg Road Greenville


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.