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With no customers, Cary spa and wedding venue host blood drive

Spa Retreat Cary has teamed up with a local wedding venue to host a Red Cross blood drive during an emergency shortage.

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Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments.
Jessica Patrick
, WRAL digital journalist
CARY, N.C. — Spa Retreat Cary has teamed up with a nearby wedding venue to host an American Red Cross blood drive during an emergency shortage.

After Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all spas, salons and other non-essential businesses to close, Spa Retreat owner Andrea Rivera wanted to open up the spa's empty massage tables and pedicure chairs for donors to give blood.

When Red Cross said the April 1 blood drive required a larger space, a partnership with Chandelier, a wedding and event venue just down the road, formed.

"This began as an idea to utilize our treatment rooms and lounges for a calm place to donate blood since we aren't able to provide services to our spa guests for now," Rivera said. "So rather than giving up, I reached out to Chandelier. Owners Natasha and John Ford graciously agreed to host the blood drive, as their event business has been affected just as much due to the pandemic."

Rivera said all 40 time slots for the blood drive were quickly filled, leaving her and the Fords ready to host more events like it.

You can find an American Red Cross blood drive near you online and follow Spa Retreat Cary and Chandelier on social media to stay in the loop about future events.


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