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Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain a diverse supply

rcb-student-banner2(September 7, 2016) — During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

A diverse blood supply is important to ensure the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.

Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a free haircut coupon via email, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

NC

Currituck

Jarvisburg
9/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jarvisburg Church of Christ, 121 Forbes Road

Shawboro
9/17/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Shawboro Ruritan Club Shawboro, Route 34
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Dare

Buxton
9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fessenden Center, 46830 N. C. Highway 12

Nags Head
9/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Jennette’s Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, Milepost 16.5

Southern Shores
9/22/2016: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Town Hall, 5375 North Virginia Dare Trail
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Surry

Dobson
9/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Salem Fork Christian Church, 2245 White Dirt Road

Elkin
9/19/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elkin Rescue Squad, 946 North Bridge Street

Mount Airy
9/25/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 314 South Franklin Road
9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Flat Rock Elementary School, 1539 E. Pine Street

Pilot Mountain
9/26/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Pilot Mountain First United Methodist Church, 210 Marion Street

VA

Chesapeake City

Chesapeake
9/20/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
9/20/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Centerville Baptist Church, 908 Centerville Turnpike South
9/20/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road
9/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Stephen, Martyr, 1544 S. Battlefield Boulevard
9/26/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2505 Mount Pleasant Road
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Franklin

Penhook
9/24/2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Snow Creek Rescue Squad, 7049 Snow Creek Rd

Rocky Mount
9/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rocky Mount Christian Church, 120 South Main Street
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Franklin City

Franklin
9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hunterdale Volunteer Fire Department, 201 Delaware Rd
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Gloucester

Gloucester
9/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Middle Peninsula – Northern Neck Community Service Board, 9228 George Washington Memorial Highway

Hayes
9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 3501 Providence Road
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Hampton City

Hampton
9/18/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 Buckroe Avenue
9/22/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thomas Nelson Community College, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive
9/28/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue
9/30/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Calvary Community Church, 2311 Tower Place
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Isle of Wight

Carrollton
9/23/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Carrollton Elementary School, 14440 New Towne Haven Ln.
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James City

Williamsburg
9/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marshall Wythe School of Law, South Henry Street
9/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue
9/25/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Governor’s Land Park East Community Building, 2711 Two Rivers Road
9/28/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Thomas Nelson , Williamsburg, 4601 Opportunity Way
9/28/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sentara Medical Arts, 4374 New Town Ave, Ste 100
9/30/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue
9/30/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle
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Mathews

Hudgins
9/20/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Piankatank Ruritan Club, Route 198 West
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Newport News City

Fort Eustis
9/16/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Joint Base Langley Eustis- TRADOC Band, 700 Lee Blvd.

Newport News
9/19/2016: 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
9/19/2016: 2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, 12650 Jefferson Ave
9/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., City of Newport News Police Department, 9710 Jefferson Avenue
9/28/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd.
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Norfolk City

Norfolk
9/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., PNC Building, 555 East Main Street
9/17/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby Street
9/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
9/21/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive
9/24/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Church Of The Ascension, 405 Talbot Hall Road
9/26/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
9/28/2016: 2:45 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Pius Catholic Church, 7800 Halprin Drive
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Northampton

Cheriton
9/23/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Northampton Post 56, 21210 S. Bayside Road
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Portsmouth City

Portsmouth
9/25/2016: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., West Side Christian Church, 535 Cherokee Road
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Suffolk City

Suffolk
9/17/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., First Baptist Church, 112 Mahan Street
9/28/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 2730 Bridge Road
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Surry

Surry
9/22/2016: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road
9/22/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road
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Virginia Beach City

Virginia Beach
9/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Skanska, 295 Bendix Road
9/17/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
9/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Boulevard
9/19/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Aidan’s Episcopal, 3201 Edinburgh Drive
9/19/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Road
9/20/2016: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hampton Roads Sanitation District, 1434 Air Rail Avenue
9/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
9/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center, 2800 Shore Drive
9/22/2016: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., VA Beach Sheriffs Office Building 7, 2501 James Madison Boulevard
9/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
9/23/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn VA Beach-Norfolk, 5655 Greenwich Road
9/23/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of the Holy Family, 1279 North Great Neck Road
9/24/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
9/24/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southside Harley Davidson, 385 N. Witchduck Road
9/24/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southside Harley Davidson, 385 N. Witchduck Road
9/27/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
9/28/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 1072 Old Kempsville Road
9/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christian Broadcasting Network, 1000 Centerville Turnpike
9/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kempsville Elementary, 570 Kempsville Road
9/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
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York

Seaford
9/17/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Seaford Baptist Church, 1311 Seaford Road
9/18/2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Zion United Methodist Church, 2109 Seaford Road

Tabb
9/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church, 1004 Yorktown Road

Yorktown
9/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Victory Family YMCA, 101 Long Green Boulevard

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.