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Red Cross Blood Centers Will Be Open Labor Day

Posted August 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The Red Cross is asking people to donate blood over 0the Labor Day Weekend. Donations are needed to offset traditional end-of-summer blood shortages.

Raleigh, Cary and Durham Blood Centers will be open on Labor Day, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each donor who gives between August 29 and Sept. 1 will receive a free Red Cross insulated lunch cooler.

All blood types are needed. More than 1500 healthy blood donors are needed every day in this area to meet the needs.

People 17 or older, who weigh more than 110 pounds and are in good health are eligible to give blood every 56 days. The actual blood drawing takes from seven to 10 minutes, although the process from registration through the final cookie or orange juice takes about an hour.

Summer months are a very challenging time for blood collection. Vacations and other events distract people from getting to the blood bank. The need continues, however, for use during operations as well as for chemotherapy patients and premature babies.

The Red Cross site for Durham is 3747 University Drive; for Raleigh it's 100 Peartree Lane; and for Cary it is 305-A Ashville Ave.

Thursday, Aug. 28 a drive will also be held in Dunn at Divine United Methodist Church from 2:30 to 7.

That same day a blood drive will be staged at N.C. State University in Burgaw Dorm from 1 to 5:30.