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Here's where, when to donate blood, answer Red Cross' urgent call

Posted January 20, 2020 1:56 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2020 2:26 p.m. EST

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— The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.

With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves, it said in a press release Monday.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

How to donate blood

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.

People who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Chatham County

Bear Creek

2/10/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Harpers Crossroads Community Center, 20079 NC Hwy 902

Siler City

2/7/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Silk Hope Community Building, 4220 Silk Hope Road

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Durham County

Durham

1/21/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/22/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Alfonso Elder Student Union, 1801 Fayettteville Street

1/22/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/23/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/23/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Alfonso Elder Student Union, 1801 Fayettteville Street

1/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/27/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/28/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/29/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/30/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Pratt School of Engineering, 101 Science Drive, Duke Univesity

1/31/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

1/31/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., WeWork Durham, 200 Morris Street

2/3/2020: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Veterans Admin Medical Center, 508 Fulton St

2/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/4/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., American Tobacco Historic District, Carr Street, Check In: Bay 12

2/5/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/6/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/8/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 Southpark Dr.

2/8/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/12/2020: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., City of Durham, 414 East Main St

2/12/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/13/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

2/14/2020: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Place

Research Triangle Park

2/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., The Frontier, 600 Park Offices Drive

RTP

1/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., IMPLUS, 2001 TW Alexander Drive

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Franklin County

Franklinton

2/1/2020: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Franklinton Baptist Church, 102 West Mason St.

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Granville County

Creedmoor

1/24/2020: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Creedmoor United Methodist Church, 214 Park Avenue

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Lee County

Sanford

1/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Jonesboro Presbyterian Church, 2200 Woodland Ave.

1/29/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St.

2/11/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church - Sanford, 202 Summitt Dr.

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Moore County

Southern Pines

1/24/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Lowe's, 10845 Hwy 15/501

2/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Village House, 500 E. Rhode Island Ave.

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Orange County

Chapel Hill

1/28/2020: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., UNC Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive

1/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Univ of NC-CH Student Union, South Road

2/6/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Univ of NC-CH Student Union, South Road

2/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Univ of NC-CH Student Union, South Road

2/13/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road

Hillsborough

2/7/2020: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hillsborough United Methodist Church, 130 West Tryon St.

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Person County

Roxboro

1/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Spuntech Industries, Inc., 555 N Park Drive

1/30/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., National Guard Armory, 605 Burlington Rd

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Wake County

Cary

1/21/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/23/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/24/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/25/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/27/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/28/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/30/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

1/31/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/1/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/2/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/3/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/4/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Avenue

2/4/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/6/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/7/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/8/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/9/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/10/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/11/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/13/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/14/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

2/14/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., North Carolina Healthcare Asssociation, 2400 Weston Parkway

2/15/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cary Blood Donation Center, 3700 Regency Pkwy, Suite 150

Holly Springs

2/12/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., MyComputerCareer, 346 Raleigh Street

Morrisville

1/21/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Delta Air Lines RDU Airport, 2400 Terminal Blvd.

1/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Keystone Park, 523 Davis Drive, Suite 200

Raleigh

1/21/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/22/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

1/23/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

1/23/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/24/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/25/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/27/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Greenway Club at Falls River, 1300 Falls River Ave.

1/27/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/27/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

1/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Haywood Gym - NC Dept Health & Human Svcs, 805 Ruggles St., Haywood Gym

1/28/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., NC State Univ Veterinary School Raleigh, 1060 William Moore Dr

1/28/2020: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Living Arts College, 3000 Wakefield Crossing Drive

1/28/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

1/30/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

1/30/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

1/31/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/1/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/1/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave.

2/2/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/3/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/3/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/4/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/6/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/6/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/6/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., BB&T Two Hanover Square, 434 Fayetteville St.

2/7/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/8/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/9/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/10/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/10/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/11/2020: 12:45 p.m. - 8 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/12/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/12/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., North Carolina Medical Board, 1203 Front Street

2/13/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 100 North Peartree Lane

2/13/2020: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., NC Department of Revenue, 501 N. Wilmington St.

2/13/2020: 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/14/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/14/2020: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Builders Mutual Centerview, 5580 Centerview Drive

2/15/2020: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., North Raleigh Blood Donation Center, 8301 Bandford Way

2/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7506 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Wake Forest

1/29/2020: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., State Employees' Credit Union - Wake Forest, 1116 Jenkins Rd

1/30/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Franklin Academy High School FA V, 648 Flaherty Ave.

1/31/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St Catherines Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave

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Warren County

Norlina

1/29/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 438 Ridgeway Drewry Road

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