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12 Days of Giving

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THE AMERICAN RED CROSS AND PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

TEAM UP FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL “12 DAYS OF GIVING”  

Red Cross to Collect and Donate Toys for Pediatric Patients at Hemby Children’s Hospital; Presbyterian Patients to Meet and Thank Donors

Experience the true meaning of the holidays this season with the hope and inspiration of the “12 Days of Giving.” Charlotte-area residents are asked to come out to donate blood or platelets at the Charlotte or Huntersville Red Cross Donor Centers from December 10 – 21, 2012 and put a smile on the face of a sick child at the same time by donating a toy. Donors can also learn the many ways blood has helped save lives through the stories of real local patients, as current and former Presbyterian patients will be visiting the donor centers and sharing their experiences.

Blood donors are asked to bring new and unwrapped toys to the following donor center locations to be donated to pediatric patients at Hemby Children’s Hospital:

Charlotte Donor Center

2425 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28203

Huntersville Donor Center

Calhoun building-Huntersville Business Park
9800 Kincey Avenue

Huntersville, NC 28078

Presbyterian Hospital will also hold a special “12 Days of Giving” blood drive with the Red Cross December 12 from Noon to 4:30 p.m. near the hospital main entrance, 200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204. *Media invited to attend 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

“Not just at the holidays but every day patients at our hospital rely on blood and platelet donations to live,” said Pat Campbell, vice president, Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital. “On behalf of our patients and families, we’re so grateful for the work the Red Cross does to ensure we have the blood and platelet resources we need to give the most precious gift of all – the gift of life.” 

Toys collected during the “12 Days of Giving” may be used during the holiday season as well as throughout the year at Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital for patient birthdays, procedures, pediatric behavioral health unit, or Presbyterian’s Community Care Cruiser—which provides immunizations for children who are uninsured or underinsured in the greater Charlotte market.

“We couldn’t be more grateful of our lifesaving partnership with Presbyterian Hospital throughout the year, and the holidays are a special time to highlight how local patients’ lives have been saved through blood donation and the wonderful hospital care at Presbyterian,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “We hope our blood donors will continue to be inspired to give so generously of themselves.”

To schedule your blood donation appointment at the hospital blood drive or Charlotte or Huntersville Donor Centers, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

To schedule a platelet donation at the Charlotte or Huntersville Donor Centers, call 1-877-975-2835.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.