The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.
Red Cross officials offer the following three steps to make blood donation quick and easy:
1. Schedule — Use the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.
2. Prepare — Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids.
3. Give — The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.
Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held — and where new donors give — are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations.
In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
June 17 — Noon to 4 p.m., Omega Resource Center, 300 Fairview Ave. SW
June 21 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., West Nash United Methodist Church, 2106 W. Nash St.
June 22 — Noon to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church of Wilson, 311 Nash St. NW
June 26 — 9 -11:45 a.m., Cornerstone Bank, 3710 Nash St.
June 26 — 2:15-5:15 p.m., Starbucks, 3401 Raleigh Road Parkway W.
June 27 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Moose Lodge of Wilson, 2705 Forest Hills Road
June 28 — 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Hardy Alumni Hall, 704 -A Atlantic Christian College Drive
June 30 — 2-7 p.m., Bill Ellis Convention Center, 3007 Downing St. SW
July 2 — Noon to 5 p.m., Church of St. Therese, 700 Nash St. NE