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Red Cross: Blood donors needed to keep supply strong

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In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets. 

As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions — including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff — have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.  

The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood drives:


• Monday, May 18 — 3-7 p.m., Friendship Free Will Baptist Church, 744 Friendship Church Road.

• Tuesday, May 19 — 2-7 p.m., Stony Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 9649 Stony Hill Church Road.


• Tuesday, May 26 — 2:30-6:30 p.m., Nashville United Methodist Church, 209 E. Washington St.

• Saturday, May 30 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Town Council Chambers 114 W. Church St.


• Monday, May 18 — 3-7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 S. Church St. 

• Tuesday, May 26 — 1:30-5:30 p.m., Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive.

• Thursday, May 28 — Noon to 3 p.m., Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St.