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There’s A Critical Blood Shortage In ENC

07/05/2017 at 9:30 | Posted by cindymiller
Photo Credit: American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.   “It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”   How to Help To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.   Summer Months Lead to Shortage Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.   Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day.   New donors and those who haven’t given in a while are especially encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Nearly one-third fewer new blood donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year due in part to schools – where blood drives are held and where new donors give – being out of session during the summer months.     Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.   Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 5-25

Beaufort

  Aurora 7/21/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Aurora Volunteer Fire Department & Aurora Rescue Squad, 99 Hwy 33 E.   Bath 7/18/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Chapel Church of Christ, 35 Delia Wallace Road 7/18/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Clair's Church of Christ, 9814 NC 99 Hwy South   Blounts Creek 7/17/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church, 154 Flat Swamp Rd.   Washington 7/17/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Turnage Theater, 150 W. Main Street 7/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Beaufort County Department of Social Services, 632 West 5th Street

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Carteret

  Beaufort 7/14/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Otway Fire and Rescue, 509 Hwy 70 E   Morehead City 7/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Carteret Community College in the Historic Camp Glenn Building, 3505 Arendell St. 7/10/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First United Methodist Morehead City, 900 Arendell St. 7/19/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Boys and Girls Club, 3321 Bridge Street 7/20/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Carteret Health Care, 3500 Arendell St., PO Box 1619 7/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Carteret, 1604 Arendell St.

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Craven

  Cherry Point 7/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Citizens Bank, 201 Carteret Road   Cove City 7/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wintergreen Free Will Baptist Church, 2175 Wintergreen Road   Havelock 7/7/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1100 E. Main Street   New Bern 7/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Craven Community College, 800 College Court 7/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., JC Penney, 3100  Martin Luther King  Jr.Blvd 7/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Emerald Golf Club, 5000 Clubhouse Dr. 7/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., New Bern Fire Department, 1401 Neuse Blvd., PO Box 1129 7/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., New Bern Mall, 3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard 7/18/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hatteras Yacht, 110 N. Glenburnie Rd. 7/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 7/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 7/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., No. 7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road

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Duplin

  Albertson 7/23/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Albertson Fire Department, 732 Sheep Pasture Rd   Kenansville 7/12/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Vidant Duplin Hospital, 401 North Main Street   Wallace 7/20/2017: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Pin Hook Church, 1650 Deep Bottom Road   Warsaw 7/7/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 9810 Warsaw, 364 Bruce Costin Road 7/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Smithfield, 785 NC 24 and 50

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Greene

  Hookerton 7/19/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hookerton Fire Station, 404 East Main Street   Snow Hill 7/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Free Gospel Pentecostal Free Will/Family Life Center, 145 Free Gospel Road   Walstonburg 7/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Free Union Original Free Will Baptist Church, 2573 Fire Tower Road

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Lenoir

  Kinston 7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Airport Road 7/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Bethel Free will Baptist Church, 1936 Banks School Rd. 7/25/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Northwest/902 Church, 2009 Carey Rd.   Pink Hill 7/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pink Hill United Methodist Church, 102 Walnut St.

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Martin

  Jamesville 7/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jamesville Fire Department and EMS, 1035 Hayes St.   Williamston 7/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bear Grass Fire Department, 7890 Bear Grass Road 7/14/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Memorial Baptist Church, 109 West Church Street 7/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Martin County Auditorium/Riverside High School, 1260  Godwin Avenue

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Onslow

  Cape Carteret 7/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 401 WB Mclean Drive   Jacksonville 7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sam's Club, 1170 Western Blvd. 7/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Extreme Outfitters, 102 Western Blvd 7/14/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Onslow Memorial Hospital/Education Building, 317 Western Boulevard 7/15/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Marine Chevrolet Cadillac, 1408 Western Boulevard 7/20/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Onslow County Board of Education, 200 Broadhurst Road 7/21/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Navy Federal Credit Union, 422 Yopp Road 7/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lafayette Masonic Lodge, 305 Chaney Avenue   Sneads Ferry 7/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New River Community Church of God, 117 Wheeler Creek Rd.

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Pitt

  Greenville 7/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Murphy Center, Ficklen Drive, East Carolina University 7/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 7/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 7/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 7/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive   Winterville 7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pitt Community College Craig Goess Student Center, 1986 Pitt Tech Road

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Tyrrell

  Columbia 7/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Columbia High School, 902 Main Street

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