Robesonian

Red Cross issues call for blood donors

WILMINGTON — Robeson County residents are being offered a chance to answer an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types.

Type O blood is particularly in need after a difficult Independence Day week for donations, according to a statement from the American Red Cross. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups this past week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, depleting the available blood supply.

Blood drives have been scheduled in Lumberton for 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hyde Park Baptist Church, 301 Roberts Ave.; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Saddletree Community Center, 1031 Mt. Olive Church Road; and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 31 at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 5060 Fayetteville Road.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Staff report