Blood drives meet critical needs
Every minute of every day, someone needs blood, and it's only through volunteer donors that those needs are met.
There is no substitute for your donation, according to the American Red Cross. When you make a blood donation, you join a very select group as only three out of every 100 people in America donate blood.
The need is critical right now, said local Red Cross recruitment representative Revonda Wood, who also spoke of the High Country's response to that need. "We have some of the most generous donors here who are always ready and willing to step forward when we need them to. Every time someone gives blood, they are helping to save a life."
Wood was especially complimentary of Appalachian State University, which, like Watauga High School, maintains the competitive record among N.C. universities and high schools for the most units of blood collected.
ASU's most recent drive in September not only broke last year's goal, but also made Red Cross history by collecting 1,145 units of blood in one day.
Watauga High School's Health Occupation Students (HOSA) students have been honored on numerous occasions during recent years for their record-breaking blood drives, as well, Wood said.
"These students sponsor three drives each year, two of which are in memory of former students, the late Erin Isaacs and Leigh Ann Cable. This group has almost always met or exceeded their goals. For such a small school - compared to those in cities across the state - they do an amazing job."
In fact, Wood noted, during the March 2010 blood drive at WHS, out of the 371 potential donors presenting at the event, 348 units of blood were collected within a five-and-a-half hour period. "That says a lot about these students and their leader, Regina Alford, who take this very seriously. We're excited to see what they will do during their next drive coming up - their first one in the new school."
Wood encourages Watauga County residents to come out in force at one of the many blood drives scheduled for October.
The Ladies of the Moose (Boone Moose Lodge) kicked off the month with their successful drive on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Following is a list that will provide numerous other opportunities for donors:
Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Jefferson Road, N.C. 194
Oct. 11, 7 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Watauga High School
300 Go Pioneers Drive
Oct. 12, 2- 6:30 p.m.
Deerfield United Methodist Church
1184 Deerfield Road
Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
15 E. King St.
Oct. 24, 12- 4:30 p.m.
Oak Grove Baptist Church Boone
306 Oak Grove Road
Oct. 25, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Blowing Rock Elementary School
165 Morris St.
Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Caldwell Community College
72 Community College Drive
If your business, church or civic organization is interested in hosting/sponsoring a blood drive, contact Revonda Wood at (336) 413-3286, (336) 725-4346 ext. 219 or via