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Asheville Mayor and Vice Mayor team up with Red Cross this summer


June 11, 2014



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Andrew Jacobs



Asheville Mayor and Vice Mayor team up with Red Cross this summer

 City leaders join forces to help boost summer blood and platelet donations


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 11, 2014) — Asheville Mayor Esther E. Manheimer and Vice Mayor Marc Hunt are joining forces to help boost blood and platelet donations this summer.  Mayor Manheimer signed a proclamation supporting the American Red Cross 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope campaign.  


Vice Mayor Hunt will make his first platelet donation on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross Asheville Blood Donation Center at 100 Edgewood Road. Platelets are the clotting factor in blood and have a shelf life of five days. The primary use for platelets is for cancer and leukemia patients.


The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are encouraging citizens to donate blood or platelets now through Sept. 1, 2014 to help boost donations during one of the most difficult times of year for blood and platelet collections. Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. During the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.


“100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive.


Individuals can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.



How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.