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WLOS Operation Blood Drive


May 19, 2014

27th Annual WLOS Operation Blood Drive

Join the American Red Cross and help save lives during challenging summer months


ASHEVILLE, NC — WLOS-TV and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help save lives at the 27th annual Operation Blood Drive on June 19, 2014. This year there will be even more opportunity for folks throughout western North Carolina to roll up their sleeves and help patients in need at a time when there is often a decline in blood donations.   


Those who come out to donate at one of four Red Cross blood drive locations will receive a special Operation Blood Drive T-shirt. To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code OBD2014.


Buncombe County Location:

Trinity Baptist Church

216 Shelburne Road

Asheville, NC 28806

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Henderson County Location:

Grace Lutheran Church

1245 6th Avenue West

Hendersonville, NC 28739

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Rutherford County Location:

Forest City Fire and Rescue

186 S. Church Street

Forest City, NC 28043

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.



Polk County Location:

Polk County American Red Cross

231 Ward Street

Columbus, NC 28722

1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.



“Operation Blood Drive couldn’t come at a better time, as vacations and seasonal activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “We are so grateful for the partnership of WLOS, our Operation Blood Drive sponsors and donors, who help us serve our hospital patients at such a critical time.”


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.