FOX8 Holiday Blood Challenge

December 13, 2013

     FOX8 & American Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive Challenge


FOX8/WGHP and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the FOX8 Holiday Blood Drive Challenge.  Triad-area residents are invited to come out and give the Gift of Life at one of the three area locations.

The first opportunity to donate blood will be in High Point on Tuesday, December 17th at the First Baptist Church located at 405 N. Main Street from 8am to 7pm.

The second opportunity is in Greensboro on Monday, December 23rd at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 3906 Friendly Avenue from 10am to 7pm.

Finally, folks can donate at the Winston-Salem drive on Friday, December 27th at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church located at 3543 Robinhood Road from 10am to 7pm.

Donors can go online to and use sponsor code "Fox8" to make an appointment for any of the drives.

The Red Cross typically sees a decline in donations during the winter holiday season. Individuals can help the Red Cross and hospital patients this month while discovering the true meaning of the season by giving a generous gift of a blood or platelet donation. Each donation made can help save up to three lives.

“Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Steve Maness, Vice President of the Southeast Blood Services Division.  “The closer we get to the major holiday week, the more we see donations decline.  People are busy with gift shopping, holiday parties and there is an overall sense of distraction.  We need donors to come in and give before they get too busy with other things.”

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.