American Red Cross Makes Emergency Request For Donors

9:54 AM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday, The American Red Cross made an emergency request for blood and platelet donors.

The organization said they received 50,000 fewer donations - about 10 percent less - than what they expected across the nation.

Donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate blood, especially those with Type O Negative, B Negative and A Negative blood. These types are most versatile, Type O can be used with anyone who needs blood.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Regions says they depend on 1,600 donors each day. They said they have a difficult time receiving donors during the summer months because of vacations and school breaks. The Red Cross cited 20 percent of their donations come from high school and college blood drives during the school year.

Platelets, used for blood clotting, are also needed. The Red Cross said they are most often needed by cancer patients and must be used within five days of donation.

Triad residents may visit two locations, one in Greensboro and one in Winston-Salem to help.

The Nussbaum Blood Center is located in the Greensboro Chapter at 1501 Yanceyville Street in Greensboro and is closed Sunday.

The hours for the center are:

  • Mondays 2:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays & Saturdays 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Thursdays 12:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Fridays 9:00am to 1:30pm

The Triad Blood Center is located beside the NWNC Chapter at 650 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem and is closed Saturday.

The hours for the center are:

  • Mondays 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Wednesdays & Fridays 8:00 am to 1:00pm
  • Sunday 10:30am to 3:00pm

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