GREENSBORO, N.C. -- WFMY News 2 and the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross are sponsoring the 49th annual Holiday Blood Drive--taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greensboro Coliseum's Special Events Center on West Lee Street.
The American Red Cross said its goal is to collect at least 540 units of blood at the one-day drive. The organization said all blood types are needed, in order to help provide the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region with blood to distribute to 103 hospitals.
American Red Cross Greensboro communications director Leigh Brock and regional executive John Hughes explained people need blood transfusions for several reasons--blood loss sustained by accidents and gunshot wounds, transplants and other procedures.
WFMY News 2 spoke with local blood transfusion recipient Michelle White. She reiterated the importance of giving blood, as she said she once needed a liver transplant--a procedure that requires 50 to 200 units of blood. White has had multiple life-threatening illnesses, including skin cancer and meningitis, and said she is eternally grateful for the kindness of blood donors.
Through this year's blood drive, Schiffman's Jewelers will be giving away a 14-carat white gold diamond pendant, valued at $1,500. Upon presenting to donate, people will be able to enter the sweepstakes. WFMY News 2 will draw the winner live during the Good Morning Show Wednesday.
In order to donate, healthy individuals must meet the requirements of being at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements might apply for all donors 18 years old and younger.
Brock suggests all wishful donors make a donation appointment prior to attending the blood drive, so as to avoid lines. To register, donors can call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit the Red Cross website's appointment page.
WFMY News 2