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Red Cross: Donate to overcome summer blood shortage

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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:

Wilson

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

Macclesfield

Aug. 21 — 3-7 p.m., Eagles Baptist Church, 184 N.C. 124 W.

Tarboro

Aug. 15 — 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Johnson Controls Inc, 301 N. Main St.

Aug. 25 — 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, 111 Hospital Drive

Rocky Mount

Aug. 15 — 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., PNC Bank, 134 N. Church St.

Aug. 15 — 4-7 p.m., Lowe’s, 700 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

Aug. 16 — 3-7 p.m., Christ Covenant Church, 3124 Belmont Lake Drive

Aug. 17 — 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 3224 Woodlawn Ave.

Aug. 24 — 3-7 p.m., West Mount Volunteer Fire Department, 7955 West Mount Drive

Aug. 25 — 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

Aug. 25 — Noon to 4 p.m., Rocky Mount Family Medical Center, 804 English Road

Aug. 28 — 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Davenport Autopark, 600 English Road

Aug. 28 — 4-7 p.m., Planet Fitness, 1271 Cobb Corners Drive

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