Be a hero for patients: Donate blood this March during Red Cross Month

By on February 24, 2020

The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood or platelets this March in celebration of Red Cross Month. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives – patients like Heath Cornford who spent his first 217 days of life in the hospital. Born in February 2018 with an abnormal narrowing of the heart, Heath has undergone many complex surgeries – including a heart transplant – and required a number of blood transfusions.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are for the lifesaving donations that saved our son,” said his mom, Mylinda Cornford. “Blood is something you can donate for free. You can make an impact, save a life and give back to your community.”

Heath recently celebrated his second birthday and is a thriving, energetic toddler.

Be a hero for patients in need

Heroes of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to provide hope and help for patients across the country. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 1-15:

NC

Currituck

 

Moyock

3/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Moyock Fire Department, 108 Fire Station Court

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Dare

 

Kill Devil Hills

3/4/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive

 

Manteo

3/2/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manteo First Assembly of God, 812 Wingina Street

3/5/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Manteo High School, 829 Wingina Road

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Hertford

 

Ahoskie

3/15/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Carpenter’s Shop Church, 903 S. Catherine Creek Road

 

Murfreesboro

3/5/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Metal Tech of Murfreesboro, 314 West Broad Street

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Northampton

 

Gaston

3/10/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., KIPP Pride High School, 320 Pleasant Hill Rd

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Pasquotank

 

Elizabeth City

3/5/2020: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Albemarle School, 1210 US Hwy 17 South

3/7/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newland Providence Ruritan Club, Hwy 158 at Morgans Corner

3/11/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Forest Park Church – Outreach Center, 300 Forest Park Road

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Surry

 

Dobson

3/1/2020: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Salem Fork Christian Church, 2245 White Dirt Road

3/2/2020: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Surry County Government Center, 118 Hamby Road

3/4/2020: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rockford Elementary School, 719 Rockford Road

 

Mount Airy

3/2/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Surry American Red Cross, 844 Westlake Drive

3/8/2020: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Blues Grove Baptist Church, 3607 Red Brush Road

VA

Accomack

 

Onancock

3/2/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Onancock Baptist Church/Family Life Center, 1 Crockett Avenue

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Chesapeake City

 

Chesapeake

3/1/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Therese Catholic Church, 4137 Portsmouth Boulevard

3/2/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., River Oak Church, 255 Great Bridge Boulevard

3/3/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenbrier Mall-Chesapeake Police Department, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway

3/3/2020: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road

3/5/2020: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Sentara College of Health Sciences, 1441 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 105

3/13/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Church at Western Branch, 1935 Jolliff Road

3/14/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway

3/15/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Real Life Christian Church, 900 N. Centerville Turnpike

3/15/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 662 Fernwood Farms Road

3/15/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard

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Franklin

 

Hardy

3/4/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westlake Branch Library, 84 Westlake Road, Suite 109

 

Rocky Mount

3/3/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Franklin County Family YMCA, 235 Technology Drive, PO Box 720

3/3/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 1444 Bonbrook Mill Road

3/12/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Antioch Church of the Brethren, 2996 Callaway Rd

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Franklin City

 

Franklin

3/10/2020: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Franklin Baptist Church, 208 N. High Street

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Gloucester

 

Gloucester

3/2/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, 7519 Hospital Drive

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Hampton City

 

Hampton

3/8/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 512 Buckroe Avenue

3/11/2020: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Coastal Virginia Chapter, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue

3/14/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus St Rose of Lima Council 11264, 2114 Bay Ave

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James City

 

Williamsburg

3/5/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle

3/6/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Colonial Heritage Active Adult Community, 6520 Arthur Hills Drive

3/9/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office, 5201 Monticello Avenue

3/13/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Printpack Inc., 203 Packets Court

3/13/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., England Parking Lot, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd.

3/14/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Warhill High School, 4615 Opportunity Way

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Newport News City

 

Newport News

3/1/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., River Mews Apartments, 91 River Palms Road

3/4/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd.

3/9/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Hampton Roads Academy, 739 Oyster Point Road

3/10/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 765 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard

3/14/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue

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Norfolk City

 

Norfolk

3/1/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/2/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/3/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/4/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/5/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1401 Ballentine Blvd

3/5/2020: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/6/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/7/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/8/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/9/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/10/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/11/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/11/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Avenue

3/12/2020: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/13/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/14/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

3/15/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

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Poquoson City

 

Poquoson

3/2/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Poquoson, 1294 Poquoson Avenue

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Southampton

 

Courtland

3/4/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Southampton Academy, 26495 Old Plank Road

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Virginia Beach City

 

Virginia Beach

3/1/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/2/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/3/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn VA Beach-Norfolk, 5655 Greenwich Road

3/3/2020: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/3/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Haygood United Methodist Church, 4713 Haygood Road

3/3/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pembroke Meadows Elementary School, 820 Cathedral Drive

3/4/2020: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/5/2020: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/6/2020: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/7/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/7/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southside Harley Davidson, 385 N. Witchduck Road

3/8/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/8/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., In Honor of Adrienne & Maddox, 3312 Princess Anne Road, Building #835

3/9/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/9/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 424 Kings Grant Road

3/10/2020: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/11/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Howard Hanna Real Estate, 222 Mustang Trail

3/11/2020: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/12/2020: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/13/2020: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/14/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

3/15/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

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Williamsburg City

 

Williamsburg

3/6/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woodlands Conference Center, 119 Visitors Center Drive

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York

 

Yorktown

3/5/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yorktown Masonic Lodge, 221 Ballard Street

3/12/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Peninsula Community Chapel, 4209 Big Bethel Road

 


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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