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American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities

Blood Donation Opportunities
Dec. 1-15, 2014

Media contact: Kristen Hatfield, 757-439-3064, @RedCrossMAR

Give something that means something – Give blood or platelets

(Nov. 17, 2014) — The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.

Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.

Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities
12/1/2014: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Randolph Macon College, 400 N. Center Street Ashland
12/2/2014: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Give Life Initiative in Chesterfield, 9945 Hull Street Road, Oxbridge Square Shopping Center Richmond
12/3/2014: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., White Stone Church of the Nazarene, 57 Whisk Drive, P.O. Box 1270 White Stone
12/3/2014: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Christ Church School, 49 Seahorse Lane Christchurch
12/5/2014: 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Charles City County Government, 10900 Courthouse Road Charles City
12/5/2014: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Village Bank – Midlothian, 15521 Midlothian Turnpike Midlothian
12/5/2014: 2:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., New Kent County Government, 7911 Courthouse Way New Kent
12/6/2014: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dorey Park Recreation, PO Box 11571 Richmond
12/9/2014: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Richmond RSMO Cary Street, 420 East Cary St Richmond
12/11/2014: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, 2501 Academy Road Powhatan
12/13/2014: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cartersville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1291 Columbia Road Columbia
12/14/2014: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Henrico
12/15/2014: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Mary’s Hospital-Bon Secours, Bloodmobile, Parked in front of fountain St. Mary’s Hospital

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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