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Red Cross seeks blood donors amid nationwide shortage

Posted on January 12, 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.

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis — its worst shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.

Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments, and donors of all blood types — especially type O — are urged to make an appointment now to give in the weeks ahead.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes by completing a RapidPass. With RapidPass, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor app.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donation opportunities are available at the following locations:

MIDDLESEX

• Jan. 18 — 2-7 p.m., Stony Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 9649 Stony Hill Church Road.

NASHVILLE

• Jan. 17 — 2:30-6:30 p.m., Nashville United Methodist Church, 209 E. Washington St.

ROCKY MOUNT

• Jan. 12 — 1-5 p.m., Faith Christian School, 1333 Faith Christian Drive.

• Jan. 15 — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thorne’s Chapel Baptist Church, 1624 Windsor Drive.

• Jan. 19 — 1-6 p.m., Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Blvd.

• Jan. 20 — 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Honeywell Corp., 3475 Wesleyan Blvd.

• Jan. 21 — 2-6 p.m., Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church, 1481 Beechwood Drive.

• Jan. 24 — 3-7 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 305 S. Halifax Road.

• Jan. 25 — 3-7 p.m., West Mount Volunteer Fire Department, 7955 West Mount Drive.

• Jan. 26 — 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nash Community College Continuing Education Building, 522 N. Old Carriage Road.

WILSON

• Jan. 12 — 2, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 207 Tarboro St. NE.

• Jan. 16 — 2-5 p.m., Wilson Family YMCA, 3436 Airport Blvd. NW.

• Jan. 19 — Noon to 5 p.m., Wilson Medical Center, 1705 Tarboro St. SW.

• Jan. 27 — 1-6 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1815 Airport Blvd. W.

• Jan. 28 — 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beddingfield High School, 4510 Old Stantonsburg Road.

• Jan. 29 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Post 13, 2331 U.S. 301 S.

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