Red Cross kicks off a time for life saving stories

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 11:36 AM

The American Red Cross is launching the Summer of Stories campaign to share the personal impact blood and platelet donors can have on a patient in need and to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available in the months ahead.

Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch the fireworks, to have a picnic, to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories, hospital patients are counting on eligible donors to make time to give blood or platelets so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

“Stories are the glue that bind many of us together,” said Delisa English, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Whether you’ve needed blood, have given blood or simply want to share a fun summer memory, we want to hear from you.”

The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which kicked off May 23 and runs through Sept. 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day. Individuals can to make an appointment to donate and share their donation story.

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Monday, July 8

National Guard Armory

890 Withrow Road, Forest City       

1:00 pm to 5:30 pm                                                              

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).                  


Saturday, July 13

Cliffside Masonic Lodge Blood Drive                                             

Old Main Street, Cliffside                

7:30 am to 12:00 pm                                    

For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Wayne Millis at 429-0212.