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Red Cross Now Accepting Platelet Donations in Greenville, NC

Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region

November 12, 2013
 

 

           

News Release

 

Media Contacts:

Kristen Hatfield, 757-439-3064

redcrossblood.org, @RedCrossMAR

 

 

Red Cross Now Accepting Platelet Donations in Greenville

Primary Use for Platelets is for Cancer and Leukemia Patients

 

Greenville, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2013)> –The American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region is pleased to offer more donation opportunities for Greenville-area residents with the addition of a platelet collection program at the Greenville Blood Donation Center beginning Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.  Platelets are the clotting factor in blood and are essential in the treatment of cancer patients and people with certain blood diseases.  A single donation of platelets can help as many as two critically ill or injured patients. Platelets are quite fragile and must be transfused within five days after they are collected from a donor. Because this blood component has such a short shelf-life, strong platelet collections are needed each day. 

 

Eligible donors can donate platelets every 7 days, 24 times a year.   Interested donors can

call 1-866-353-1030 for more information and to make an appointment to donate platelets. “The Red Cross is excited about the expansion of platelet collection to the Greenville area,” said Page Gambill, CEO of the American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region.  “We hope many locals will roll up their sleeves to donate platelets and give the gift of life.”

 

While donating platelets, donors can pass the time by enjoying free Wi-Fi, cable television and movie streaming.  All presenting November platelets donors will automatically be entered to win a new XBOX One system.

 

Greenville Blood Donor Center

700 Cromwell Dr.

Greenville, N.C. 27858

 

Donation days and times:

Sundays:              6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mondays:            6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays:            9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

(Appointment only)

 

Call 1-866-353-1030 for more information or to make an appointment.

 

The Red Cross operates as a community blood center with a nationwide reach. As the only nationwide blood system, the Red Cross has a unique opportunity to supply patients throughout the United States with blood whenever and wherever it is needed after first ensuring that local needs are met. The Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region serves more than 90 hospitals throughout the region.

 

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Blood is used for premature infants; people battling sickle cell anemia, leukemia and cancer; trauma patients; and many other life-threatening conditions.  Blood can be donated every 56 days or six times a year.

 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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