Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Giving Blood

By Staff

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blood donation – american red cross

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Each year, the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.

Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit HERE or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-15, 2016:

American Red Cross Winston-Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive
Monday, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

5/4/2016: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bethania Moravian Church, 5545 Main St.

5/10/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clemmons United Methodist Church, 3700 Clemmons Road
5/12/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Road

5/5/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 1130 Oak Ridge Road

5/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kaplan Early Learning Company, 1310 Lewisville-Clemmons Road
5/14/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Unity Moravian Church, 8300 Concord Church Road

5/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Vienna Elementary School, 1975 Chickasha Drive

Winston Salem
5/4/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., R.J. Reynolds High School, Northwest Blvd.
5/7/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Konnoak Hills Moravian Church, 3401 Konnoak Drive
5/13/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive

Stokes County
5/12/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, 105 Moore Road

Walnut Cove
5/2/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Willow Oak Baptist Church, 4837 NC Highway 89 E

Surry County
5/11/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Central Middle School, 883 Zephyr Road

5/6/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Elkin High School, 334 Elk Spur St.
5/12/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., CB Eller Elementary School, 1288 CB Eller School Road

Mount Airy
5/2/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Surry American Red Cross, 844 Westlake Drive
5/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Northern Hospital of Surry County, 830 Rockford St.

Pilot Mountain
5/3/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Pilot Mountain Middle School, 543 Old Westfield Road
5/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Pilot Mountain Elementary School, 218 Friends St.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit HERE 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit HERE and follow the instructions on the site.