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Red Cross calls on donors to help maintain sufficient blood supply this summer

The following is a release from The American Red Cross:

CHARLOTTE, NC (July 16, 2014) - The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don't get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county, Aug. 1-15:

Alexander County

Hiddenite
8/4/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist, 488 Hill Farm Rd.

Burke County

Morganton
8/4/2014 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at US Post Office Morganton, 320 Sanford Dr.
8/12/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Mt Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt Home Church Rd.
8/14/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at J. Iverson Riddle Development Center, 300 Enola Rd.
 
Cabarrus County

Concord
8/3/2014 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Jay M. Robinson Elevation Church at Jay M. Robinson High School, 300 Pitts School Rd. SW
8/6/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church, 1119 Union St.
8/8/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Suite 8461
8/8/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Suite 8461
8/8/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. Suite 8461

Kannapolis
8/4/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St.
8/15/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Academy Sports, 2211 Elder Ln.
 
Caldwell County

Granite Falls
8/7/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Sawmills Volunteer Fire Dept, Highway 321-A N 
8/11/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at New Vision Baptist Fellowship, 4858 Grace Chapel Rd.
8/14/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Baton United Methodist Church, 1034 Dry Ponds Rd.

Lenoir
8/1/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church, 2111 Walt Arney Rd.
8/7/2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry St SW
8/8/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Lower Creek Baptist Church, 633 Lower Creek Dr. NE

Patterson
8/4/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church, 2044 Roby Martin Rd.
 
Catawba County

Claremont
8/5/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Rd.

Conover
8/4/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Mt Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Rd.

Hickory
8/4/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 3702 16th St. NE
8/5/2014 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at Chili's, 2181 US Highway 70 SE
8/5/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Church Rd.
8/12/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 921 2nd St. NE
8/15/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Belk 0026, 1980 US Highway 70 SE

Maiden
8/14/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Center View Baptist Church, 3993 E Maiden Rd.

Newton
8/7/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt. Olive Church Rd.

Cleveland County

Grover
8/12/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 403 Cleveland Ave.

Shelby
8/11/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1207 W. Dixon Dr.
 
Gaston County

Gastonia
8/6/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Chili's Grill and Bar Gastonia, 3086 East Franklin Blvd.
8/10/2014 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 1863 Remount Rd.

Mount Holly
8/2/2014 from 8 a.m. - noon at First Freewill Baptist Church, 841 Noles Dr.
 
Iredell County

Mooresville
8/1/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Emeritus of Churchill, 140 Carriage Club Dr.
8/6/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Chili's, 603 River Highway
8/13/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Charles Mack Citizens Center, 215 North Main St.
8/14/2014 from noon - 4:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd.

Statesville
8/1/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Woodmen of the World, 2123 Old Mountain Rd.
8/12/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Landmark of God, 2200 E. Broad St.
8/14/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church, 2980 Wilkesboro Highway
 
Mecklenburg County

Charlotte
8/1/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at CitiSide Community, 4500 Eaves Ln.
8/1/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Kimmerly Glen and Hickory Grove Community, 7004 E W.T. Harris Blvd.
8/3/2014 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Naval Reserve, 6115 North Hills Circle
8/6/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Piedmont Natural Gas, 4720 Piedmont Row Dr.
8/7/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Berewick Aberdeen Clubhouse, 6625 Berewick Commons Pkwy
8/10/2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Rd.
8/10/2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Rd.
8/14/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Ally, 440 South Church St.
8/15/2014 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Department of Social Services, 301 Billingsley Rd.
8/15/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread - JW Clay, 9321 JW Clay Blvd.

Matthews
8/9/2014 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Lowe's 1124, 2115 Matthews Township Pkwy.
8/15/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread - Matthews, 1904 Matthews Township Dr.

Mint Hill
8/9/2014 from 7 a.m. - noon at Philadelphia Presbyterian, 11501 Bain School Rd.

Pineville
8/14/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Chick-fil-A at Carolina Pavillion, 9801 South Blvd.
 
Stanly County

Albemarle
8/5/2014 from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Dairy Queen - Albemarle, 1904 US Highway 52 N
8/6/2014 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 24361 US 52 S
 
Union County

Marshville
8/7/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Town of Marshville, 118 East Union St.

Mineral Springs
8/11/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Mineral Springs United Methodist, 5915 Old Waxhaw Monroe Rd.

Monroe
8/5/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at American Red Cross Chapter Monroe, 608 East Franklin St.
8/5/2014 from 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Hope Second Advent Christian, 6804 Morgan Mill Rd.
8/6/2014 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Iron Horse Motorcycle, 1600 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
8/8/2014 from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Chili's Bar and Grill Monroe, 2861 West Highway 74
8/13/2014 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Benton Heights Presbyterian, 2701 Concord Highway

Waxhaw
8/1/2014 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Lowe's Waxhaw, 2508 Cuthbertson Rd.
 
South Carolina

Cherokee County

Gaffney
8/8/2014 from 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Parkdale America, 325 Wilcox Ave., Plant 7

Lancaster County

Fort Mill
8/13/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist, 238 Fort Mill Highway

Lancaster
8/8/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Church of Good Shepherd, 1005 University Dr.
8/11/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave.
8/11/2014 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church, 1665 Zion Rd.
 
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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