Blood donations urgently encouraged

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2017

The American Red Cross and Charlottesville Parks & Recreation are joining forces to host Charlottesville's largest blood drive on August 16 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. "We are committed to strengthening our community and to that end meet community needs through blood donations", said Barbara Timm, Director of Programs. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

Those who donate platelets now through August 31 will be given a $25 Home Depot card and a $5 Target card. "This blood drive is our way of giving our community an opportunity to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor".

Officials are urging potential blood donors to donate in hopes of aiding the chronic blood shortage in the area.

Blood donors must be in general good health and feeling well, be at least 17-years-old and be at least 110 pounds.

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