Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services seeks holiday donations

Published 9:08 am Monday, December 3, 2012

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

There is also a specific need for blood donations from the African American community whose blood types can be especially compatible with people who suffer from Sickle Cell Disease. African-Americans have up to eight times the genetic trait for Sickle Cell Disease compared to White-Americans, but all who suffer from this disorder have one thing in common, they depend on blood transfusions to help prevent the life-threatening problems associated with this disease.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Polk County are:

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Thursday, Dec. 6

American Red Cross Chapter

231 Ward St. in Columbus

2 to 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14

Holy Cross Episcopal Church,

Melrose Ave. in Tryon

12:30 to 5 p.m.

Call Joyce Stott at 828 894-2700 for further information or to schedule an appointment.  Remember, the need for blood is constant. The gratification is instant. A pint of blood can save up to three lives.

– article submitted by Janet Peterson and Jerry Perry, Co-Chairmen, Polk County ARC