Local blood drives planned

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve in July.

With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Regina Conway, communications manager with the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.

Opportunities to give blood in Wilson County include:

• Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mt. Juliet First Church of God at 109 Morning Side Drive in Mt. Juliet.

• July 21 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Wilson County Veterans Building at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon.

• July 24 from 12:30-6 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 214 Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon.

• July 28 from 3-7 p.m. at Maple Hill Church of Christ at 102 Maple Hill Road in Lebanon.

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, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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