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Red Cross urgently needs blood donors

m6340295_514x260-media-resources(Jan. 19, 2016) – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. For Heather Von Glahn, it was a personal emergency – her 8-year-old daughter’s leukemia diagnosis – that inspired her to make the commitment to give blood regularly. “I’ve seen blood save her life at least 10 times,” said Von Glahn. “When friends and family ask what they can do for my daughter, I tell them to donate blood. It matters so much!”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For platelet donations, please call 757-623-4880.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
2/1/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 99 E. Mercury Boulevard Hampton
2/1/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., True Vine Baptist Church, 695 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard Newport News
2/1/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue Norfolk
2/1/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Road Virginia Beach
2/2/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., College of William and Mary Trinkle Hall, Grigsby Street Williamsburg
2/2/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Piankatank Ruritan Club, Route 198 West Hudgins
2/2/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, 917 Carolina Road Suffolk
2/2/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/2/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 5003 A Victory Blvd. Tabb
2/3/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elizabeth City State University/Student Center – We Challenge U, 1704 Weeksville Road Elizabeth City
2/3/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, 401 Albemarle Drive Chesapeake
2/3/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tidewater Community College – Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Road Chesapeake
2/3/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Riverside College of Health Careers, 316 Main Street Newport News
2/3/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., City of Norfolk City Hall, City Hall Building, 810 Union Street Norfolk
2/3/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Larchmont United Methodist Church, 1101 Jamestown Crescent Norfolk
2/4/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 415 Norfolk
2/4/2016: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road Surry
2/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road Surry
2/4/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/5/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Great Bridge Lodge #257, 148 Mt Pleasant Road Chesapeake
2/5/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport, 900 Bland Blvd., Suite G. Newport News
2/5/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, 3769 East Stratford Road Virginia Beach
2/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Southgate Mall, 1409 West Ehringhaus Street Elizabeth City
2/6/2016: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road Chesapeake
2/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 1057 Kennedy Street Norfolk
2/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/7/2016: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church Family Life Center, 1453 North Road Street Elizabeth City
2/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chesapeake Public Library, 298 Cedar Road Chesapeake
2/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue Norfolk
2/9/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sentara Albemarle Hospital, 1144 North Road Street Elizabeth City
2/9/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group, 860 Omni Boulevard Newport News
2/9/2016: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way Suffolk
2/9/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/10/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue Hampton
2/10/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., College of William and Mary Sadler Center, 200 Stadium Drive Williamsburg
2/10/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fort Eustis 7th Group, Corner of Schultz and 24th Street Bldg 1034 Fort Eustis
2/10/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Student Center 138C We Challenge U, 700 Park Avenue Norfolk
2/10/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Broadwater Academy, 3500 Broadwater Road Exmore
2/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Perquimans Central School, 181 Winfall Blvd Winfall
2/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sentara CarePlex, 3000 Coliseum Drive Hampton
2/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tidewater Community College-Portsmouth Campus-“We Challenge U”, 120 Campus Drive Portsmouth
2/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Paul D Camp Community College- Suffolk, 271 Kenyon Rd Suffolk
2/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/11/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yorkminster Presbyterian Church/Covenant Hall, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway Grafton
2/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 1004 Yorktown Road Tabb
2/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Point Harbor Community Church, 2705 Taylor Road Chesapeake
2/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ford’s Colony Swim & Tennis Club, 302 Saint Andrews Drive Williamsburg
2/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Med of Williamsburg, 312 Second Street Williamsburg
2/12/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd Newport News
2/12/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sentara Leigh Hospital, 830 Kempsville Road Norfolk
2/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, 1309 Kempsville Road Norfolk
2/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenbrier Community Church, 825 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake
2/13/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., West Park Church of Christ, 926 Cherokee Road Portsmouth
2/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Third Baptist Church, 461 Godwin Street Portsmouth
2/13/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach
2/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grafton Christian Church of Disciples of Christ, 109 Brick Church Road Grafton
2/14/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
2/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Outer Banks Hospital, 4800 South Croatan Highway Nags Head
2/15/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Achilles Elementary School, 9306 Guinea Road Hayes
2/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue Norfolk
2/15/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Masons Lynnhaven Lodge 56th District, 2959 North Lynnhaven Road Virginia Beach

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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.