Media Blood Drive July 29
Published: 1:22 PM, 07/14/2011
Last updated: 11:38 AM, 09/07/2011
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
The American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.
Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day.
On July 29, the American Red Cross, High Country Radio-WMMY Highway 106, Mix 102.3, Oldies 100.7, WATA AM 1450, WXIT AM 1200, Glory 1130, Mountain Television Network and Mountain Times Publications will sponsor the first Media Blood Drive.
There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source. Take the time to make a blood donation at this drive, which will take place at Greenway Baptist Church of Boone, 880 Greenway Road, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate, so that hospital patients have the blood or platelets they need to make a full recovery. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients, including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Watauga Red Cross Chapter at 264-8226. Bring a photo I.D.
Each presenting donor will be given a T-shirt and raffle ticket to possibly win several prizes.
Several sponsors support the drive, including Dr. Jeffery Sutton, who donated two eye exams; Joe's Italian Kitchen which donated two $10 gift certificates; Custom Mufflers, which donated two gift certificates for an oil change; Coyote Kitchen, which donated two $10 gift certificates; Mountain Times Publications, publishers of The Mountain Times, the Watauga Democrat and the Blowing Rocket, which donated 20 pairs of tickets to any ASU football game at home, two sets of two Manhattan Transfer concert tickets; five 1-year subscriptions to the Watauga Democrat; High Country Radio (WMMY Highway 106, Mix 102.3, Oldies 100.7, WATA AM 1450, WXIT AM 1200 and Glory 1130), which donated two tickets to the Tim McGraw concert tickets for Aug. 11 in Charlotte and five pairs of tickets to the Hickory Crawdads; Watauga Red Cross, which donated a first-aid kit; and Holiday Inn Express, which donated two two-night stays.