Blood drives for American Red Cross

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

FOREST CITY — The American Red Cross announces the following blood drives for Rutherford County. Also, all presenting donors can register for a $1,000 gift card.

“Donating blood is an opportunity for people to give the most important gift of all, the ‘Gift of Life,’” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross depends on the generosity of volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients in our area and across the country.”

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

Wednesday, November 14

Hickory Nut Gorge Community,

Lake Lure Fire Dept 

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Call 625-0767 for further information

Monday, November 19

Rutherford Blood Drive

Fathers Vineyard, 

724 Oakland Road; Forest City

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, November 27

Duke Energy, Spindale

In honor of Lucas Nieman,(Gail Smith’s grandson)

330 Oakland Road, Forest City

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Please call 288-5358 

Thursday, November 29

Isothermal Community College

10:30 am – 6:30 pm

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit