Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

By / Health and Wellness / الثلاثاء, 16 أيلول/سبتمبر 2014 00:00

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.
A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.
To help increase donations during the month of September, those who come out to donate blood or platelets throughout the month will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.
Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county, Sept. 16 - 30:
Brunswick County
Bolivia
Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road
Oak Island
Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Wilmington Health-Oak Island, 8715 E. Oak Island Drive
Southport
Sept. 16 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Shoreline Baptist Church, 4198 Vanessa Drive
Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Plantation, 4136 Highway 211 SE
New Hanover County
Wilmington
Sept. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hanover Regional Orthopedic Hospital, 5301 Wrightsville Ave.
Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th St.
Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trask Coliseum, 601 S. College
Blood donation hours
Monday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Second Sunday of the month: noon - 4:30 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

New app puts power to help save lives in hands of blood donors New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.
The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.
“The Red Cross Blood Donor App is a new way to help meet the constant need for blood,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The app makes it easier, faster and more convenient for users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations, and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them.”
As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this cutting edge technology to blood and platelet donors. In addition to scheduling and managing blood donation appointments, other features of the app include:
• A blood drive or blood donation locator;
• The ability to sync a blood donation appointment with the user’s calendar;
• Personalized “selfies” donors can use as they share their donation experience through social media;
• Special badges donors can unlock as they interact with the app, make donations and spread the word;
• A chance for donors to come together to form teams, tracking their cumulative impact and viewing standings on the Blood Donor Teams Leaderboard;
• Exclusive offers and discounts from sme of America’s best brands, including Shari’s Berries, ProFlowers and 1A Auto, with new rewards added regularly; and
• Uplifting donor and blood recipient stories that show the power of rolling up a sleeve to help save lives.
The Red Cross has become a leader in putting vital safety information in the hands of people who need it during emergencies, with its award-winning disaster and preparedness apps downloaded more than 5 million times over the past two years. The new Blood Donor App takes it one step further by helping people save lives through blood donations.
The Blood Donor App, along with the others, can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.
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Eligible blood donors do not need a smartphone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
How to donate blood - 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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