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RED CROSS AND WMAZ CALL ON BLOOD DONORS TO “CHANGE LIVES TOGETHER”

Southern Blood Services Region

November 2, 2009
 

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CONTACTS:   April Phillips (770) 852-4041 / cell (678) 488-7926   

Red Cross and WMAZ call on blood donors to 'Change Lives Together'
Blood Donations Needed During Summer Months 
 
MACON, Ga. - Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. But, the need for blood is constant. So, the American Red Cross and WMAZ have teamed up to encourage Americans to “Change Lives Together” by giving blood this summer. The annual WMAZ blood drive will be held at the following locations on June 26 and 27: 
 
Galleria Mall  |  June 26: 2 pm – 7 pm & June 27: 12 pm – 5 pm
2950 Watson Blvd., Centerville, Ga.  31028 
 
Milledgeville Mall  |  June 26: 2 pm – 7 pm & June 27: 12 pm – 5 pm
2400 North Columbia Street, Milledgeville, Ga.  31061 
 
Presenting blood donors may enter for a chance to win one of three cruises for two thanks to the generous assistance of Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines. 
 
During the busy summer season, the blood supply often suffers. With donors on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities, collections tend to take a dip, but the Red Cross hopes to avoid a shortage this summer by asking donors to join together in making giving the “Gift of Life” a part of their summer plans. 
 
With drives held every week throughout central Georgia, there are countless opportunities for donors to take a little time out of their busy lives to donate a pint of blood and help save the lives of up to three people. 
 
“The past several months have been challenging,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region, “but blood donors have still been coming out to help people in our community and across the country. We hope this trend will continue through the summer and that people will see donating blood as an opportunity to give back without having to reach into their wallets.” 
 
The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 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 life-saving 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 given safely 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.  To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.givebloodredcross.org and enter the sponsor code wmaz when prompted. 
 
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Location

Macon, GA, 31201
United States
32° 49' 51.0204" N, 83° 38' 7.044" W
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