American Red Cross holding blood drives this month

Published 2:50 pm Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The American Red Cross will be holding the following blood drives in our area this month. Please schedule your blood donation appointment at either of the following locations: 


Congregational UCC, Fellowship Hall

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210 Melrose Ave, Tryon

Tuesday, April 5

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Steps to Hope, Basement Community Room (Access from Wall St)

60 Ward St, Columbus, NC 

Thursday, April 21

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


With the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, donors can conveniently schedule an appointment to donate blood to help save lives. They can also access their donor card, track the impact of their donations and earn rewards through the app. 


Donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate blood. 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.


To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, 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 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 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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. 


Submitted by Gail Barksdale