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RCC to host two emergency blood drives in January

Citizens in Robeson County and the surrounding areas will have two opportunities in January to give blood and help save lives. The blood drives will be held in partnership with the American Red Cross, during a time when blood inventories across the United States are at an alarming low supply.

“The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number people of giving blood in 20 years,” read the flyer for the blood drive. “Blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors are needed now to help alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed.”

The first blood drive will be held on the RCC main campus in Lumberton on Friday, January 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the student center located in Building 13.

The second blood drive will be held at RCC’s COMTech location in Pembroke at 124 Livermore Drive on January 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The American Red Cross says there are two ways that everyone can help restock the shelves: Bring a friend with you and help spread the word about the blood drives through your community.

Donors are asked to arrive with a photo ID and come well-hydrated. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass on the day of the drive to answer health history questions and reduce wait times.

Anyone who donates blood from January 1 to January 31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exciting trip for two to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The drawing includes travel, hotel, a $1000 gift card, pre-game activities, and more.

To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org. You can also call 1-800-733-2767.

 

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