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Bailey police organize Nov. 9 blood drive

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BAILEY — Southern Nash County residents will soon have a chance to be a hometown hero.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t all wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the gift of life, said Gina Boraski, blood drive organizer.

A chance to donate blood and become a hero for patients in need is being offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov 9 at the Bailey Chamber of Commerce, 6270 Main St.

The Bailey Police Department will hold the blood drive. The local favorite Cattail Q food truck will be on site until 2 p.m., offering a free drink with any purchase for folks who donate blood. Free samples will be offered from Dessert Cake Co., soon to open on Main Street.

Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life, according to information provided by the Red Cross.

“We don’t want folks to think they have to schedule an appointment, but they can if they want,” Boraski said.

To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross blood donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the blood donor app.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.