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Blood, platelet donors needed around Fourth of July

Posted on June 22, 2022

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An American Red Cross donor squeezes a sponge ball while giving blood in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2018. The Red Cross says donors save thousands of lives each year with donations of blood, plasma and platelets.

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An American Red Cross donor squeezes a sponge ball while giving blood in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2018. The Red Cross says donors save thousands of lives each year with donations of blood, plasma and platelets.

As summer officially begins and people gather for holiday celebrations, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients are counting on blood and platelet donors’ generosity, especially around the Fourth of July.

The Red Cross sees about a 21% decline in blood and platelet donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day. When blood donations drop, so does the blood supply, making it extremely challenging to ensure blood is available when hospitals need it.

By scheduling and keeping appointments in July, donors can help provide for those in immediate need of lifesaving care. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you for helping, all those who come to give June 30 through July 10 will receive an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood drives are scheduled at the following locations:

MIDDLESEX

• July 12 — 2-7 p.m., Stony Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 9649 Stony Hill Church Road.

NASHVILLE

• June 28  — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nash County Senior Center, 103 N. Alston St.

RED OAK

• July 13 — 2:30-7 p.m., Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, 7951 Red Oak Blvd.

ROCKY MOUNT

• June 28 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Harrison Family YMCA, 1000 Independence Drive.

• July 1 — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St.

• July 3 — Noon to 6 p.m., Shenandoah Baptist Church, 3894 Shenandoah Road.

• July 5 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Golden East Crossing Mall, 1100 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

• July 11 — 3-7 p.m., St. Paul Baptist Church, 1151 N. Winstead Ave.

• July 12 — 2:30-6:30 p.m., Englewood Baptist Church, 1350 Winstead Ave.

• July 15 — 2-6 p.m., Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church, 1481 Beechwood Drive.

WILSON

• June 25 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., West Nash United Methodist Church, 2200 Nash St. N.

• July 1 — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Moose Lodge of Wilson, 2705 Forest Hills Road.

• July 3 — 1-5 p.m., Contentnea Volunteer Fire Department, 4146 N.C. 42 W.

• July 6 — Noon to 5:30 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. S.

• July 13 — 2-6 p.m., First Christian Church, 207 Tarboro St. NE.

• July 14 — 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Community College, 902 Herring Ave.

TARBORO

• June 23 — 12:30-4:30 p.m., Edgecombe County Administration Building, 201 Saint Andrew St.

• June 27 — 2:45-7 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, 211 E. Saint James St.

• June 30 — 12:30-4:30 p.m., Braswell Center Tarboro, 1500 Western Blvd.

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