American Red Cross and WMAZ Want You to Be an Everyday Hero

June 19, 2012

Being a hero doesn’t require special powers or even a special set of skills.  It can be as simple as helping a neighbor in need.  You can become an Everyday Hero in your community by donating blood this Fourth of July season. 

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for types O negative and positive, B negative and A negative blood donations.  Overall, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012, compared to the same period last year.  And, there is almost half of the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory than there was at this point in time last year.

WMAZ and the Red Cross are teaming up to help ensure blood is available when patients need it.  Blood drives will be held on June 29 and 30 at the following locations:

GALLERIA MALL  |  2950 Watson Blvd., Centerville, Ga. 31028

June 29:  2 p.m. – 7 p.m.  | June 30:  Noon – 5 p.m.

AMSTAR CINEMA  |  5996 Zebulon Rd., Macon, Ga. 31210

June 30:  Noon – 5 p.m.

MILLEDGEVILLE MALL  |  2400 North Columbia St., Milledgeville, Ga. 31061

June 30:  Noon – 5 p.m.

MACON DONOR CENTER  |  3755 Bloomfield Rd., Suite 12B, Macon, Ga. 31206

June 29:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  | June 30:  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Each presenting donor will receive a free t-shirt, and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card that can be spent on food, gas, entertainment – anything you want!

“Blood donations typically decrease during the summer months, but patients needs do not change,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.  “We thank WMAZ for spreading the word about the need for blood this time of year, and encourage all eligible donors to be an Everyday Hero.”

Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for more than 120 local hospitals.  Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors age 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS.