WASHINGTON — Robeson County residents have the opportunity to give the gift of life during the Christmas season.
The American Red Cross has set up blood donation dates in Lumberton and Red Springs. Donations can be made from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Deep Branch Baptist Church, 4082 Deep Branch Road in Lumberton, and 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Joseph Holiness Church, 4657 Daniel McLeod Road in Red Springs.
Donations decline in December, but patients’ needs remain steady, according to Maya Franklin, a Red Cross spokesperson.
“During the holiday season, set aside an hour to give the most important gift — give blood and give more life,” Franklin said. “To encourage donations, all those who come to give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.”
All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross also needs volunteers to deliver blood products to local hospitals.
“Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products,” Franklin said.
Visit rdcrss.org/driver for more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position.