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Upcoming blood drives in Watauga

• Tuesday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Watauga Medical Center (336 Deerfield Road). For an appointment, call Pat Barker at (828) 268-9438.

• Monday, Aug. 6, 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Chili’s (1934 Blowing Rock Road). For an appointment, call (828) 266-9626.

• Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express/Watauga Community Drive (1855 Blowing Rock Road). Sponsored by Perkinsville Baptist Church. For an appointment or more information, call (828) 898-2325.

• Saturday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran  Church (115 E. King St.).  For an appointment, call the church at (828) 264-2206.

• Sunday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church (3200 Meat Camp Drive). For an appointment, call Dianne James at (828) 297-3801 Monday through Friday until 4:15 p.m., then (828) 297-3801 after that.

• Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Electric (2491 U.S. 421 South).  For an appointment, call Susan Jones at (828) 265-8302.

• Thursday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Watauga campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (372 Community College Drive.) For an appointment, call Diane at (828) 297-2185.

• Thursday, Aug. 30, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Baptist Church (3505 Bamboo Road). For an appointment, call (828) 266-9700.
Originally published: 2012-07-30 08:34:39
Last modified: 2012-07-30 08:45:56

Blood donations needed as supplies drop

by Anna Oakes

The American Red Cross is again facing a shortfall in blood supplies, with donations at a 15-year low, the organization said.

“There is an emergency need for donors this summer,” the American Red Cross said in a statement.

The organization's blood supply saw a brief recovery in late June after a national appeal for donors, but various circumstances, including employee vacations, blood drive cancellations due to summer storms and extreme heat, have led to diminished quantities.

“Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others,” the statement said. 

“These patients rely on lifesaving blood products during their treatment. Those whose lives may be touched by your generosity will be forever grateful,” the news release said.

While all blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply, donors with type O-negative, O-positive, A-negative or B-negative are especially encouraged to give at this time, the Red Cross said.

Eligible donors with types O-positive and negative, B-negative and A-negative blood are encouraged to donate “double red cells” where available. 

The Double Red Cell program allows donors to give two units of red cells during one appointment. 

“Please consider asking our staff about making a double red cell donation,” the organization said.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height. 

Call (800) 733-2767 or go online to for more information and to make a blood donation appointment. 

To become a blood drive sponsor or volunteer in Watauga County, contact Revonda Wood, donor recruitment representative (Carolina Blood Services Region), at (336) 413-3286.