March is Red Cross Month
In March, most High Country residents are seeing hints of
Some, however, are seeing red.
March is Red Cross Month, and local chapters of the American Red Cross are hosting a series of blood drives to celebrate donors, while serving those in need.
“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Revonda Wood, donor recruitment representative for the Carolinas Blood Services Region, in a news release. “Anyone can become an everyday hero by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.”
Although Red Cross Month is a time for celebration, Wood reminded donors and prospective donors that the need for blood is constant, with recipients ranging from young to old and all points in between.
According to the American Red Cross, the organization collects and distributes approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, responds to nearly 70,000 disasters per year in the U.S. and offers 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families domestically and abroad.
Red Cross Month also has a wide scope, having first been proclaimed in 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. According to the organization, every president since has followed suit.
But the Red Cross can’t accomplish its mission without donors. According to Delisa English, CEO of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region, “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.”
According to Red Cross statistics, each day, the Carolinas Blood Services Region, which serves North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia, needs the contributions of approximately 1,600 donors.
Now, the High Country can do its part, with seven blood drives scheduled locally during Red Cross Month. The times and dates are as follows:
Tuesday, March 4
The Boone Optimist Club is hosting a drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 1943 Blowing Rock Road in Boone. To schedule an appointment, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org, and enter the code, “Holiday Inn.”
Monday, March 10
A drive will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Watauga High School gymnasium, located at 300 Go Pioneers Drive in Boone. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 719-9658.
Thursday, March 13
Cannon Memorial Hospital will host a drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Cannon Memorial Hospital, located at 434 Hospital Drive in Linville. To schedule an appointment, call Revonda Wood at (336) 413-3286.
Thursday, March 20
A blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ashe County’s National Guard Armory, located at 1147 Old N.C. 16 in Jefferson. To schedule an appointment, call (336) 982-2164.
Sunday, March 23
Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church, located at 3200 Meat Camp Road near Boone, will host a drive from 1 to 5:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org, and enter the code, “Proffits Grove Baptist.”
Thursday, March 27
A blood drive will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Cove Creek Elementary School, located at 930 Vanderpool Road in Vilas. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 297-2781.
Altamont United Methodist Church, located at 100 Altamont Church Road in Newland, will host a drive from 2 to 6:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Ann Hampton at (828) 737-0065.
For more information on the American Red Cross, or to find additional blood donation opportunities, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org, or call (800) 733-2767. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer should contact Ginny Anderson, donor recruitment representative of the Carolinas Blood Services Region, at (336) 416-4016.