American Red Cross Encourages Donors to Make Blood Donation a Lifelong Habit

By / Health and Wellness / Tuesday, 14 October 2014 04:00

WILMINGTON, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2014) — The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit.
Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school. High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
Blood donations often decline during the winter holidays when school is not in session. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program will be entered to win a colZQlege scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at Donors are needed year-round, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Those who attempt to donate in October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
• Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county, Oct. 16 - Oct. 31:
• Brunswick County: Bolivia - Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, 240 Hospital Drive NE; Shallotte - Oct. 20 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 MH Rourk Drive; Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West 2014-APL-00864; Southport - Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 4843 Highway 211, Southport-Supply Road SE; Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Bank of Southport, 5210 Southport Supply Road SE; Sunset Beach - Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road; Winnabow - Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Griffin Riso Blood Drive, Merestone Drive.
• Columbus County - Tabor City - Oct. 29 from 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at S. Columbus High School, 40 Stallion Drive
• New Hanover County - Wilmington - Oct. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 S. College
• Donation Center - Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 S. 16th St., Wilmington, N.C. 28401. 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 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.


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