Red Cross in need of blood and platelet donations

13News Now Arrianee LeBeau has more details.

NORFOLK, Va. -- While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director with Red Cross Blood Services. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.” 

Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

How to donate blood

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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 donors can now 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, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake City

Chesapeake
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Omega Psi Phi Franternity INC.Greenbriar Mall, Greenbriar Mall, 1401 Greenbriar Parkway
8/2/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Centura College, 932 Ventures Way
8/5/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier Parkway
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lake Drummond Masonic Lodge, 509 N. George Washington Highway
8/5/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard
8/6/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road
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Franklin City

Franklin
7/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Ave.
8/10/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Essig Recreation Center, 295 Technology Drive

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Gloucester

Glou Point
7/26/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 1860 Hayes Road

Gloucester
8/13/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's, 6659 George Washington Memorial Highway, Route 17

Hayes
7/31/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lighthouse Worship Center, 4299 George Washington Memorial Highway
7/31/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wawa Gloucester Store #652, 5120 George Washington Memorial Highway

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Hampton City

Hampton
7/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Army Navy Masonic Lodge, 550 Fox Hill Road
7/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Waters Edge Church, 2011 Cunningham Drive
7/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Northampton Church of Christ, 1409 Todds Lane
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus St Rose of Lima Council 11264, 2114 Bay Ave
8/10/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hampton Roads Chapter RSMO, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue

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Isle of Wight

Windsor
8/11/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kuerig Green Mountain Coffee, 25400 Old Mill Road
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James City

Williamsburg
7/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse, 5201 Monticello Avenue
7/29/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg, 1500 Commonwealth Avenue
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue
8/2/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle
8/9/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive
8/12/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ford's Colony Swim & Tennis Club, 302 Saint Andrews Drive
8/14/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue
8/15/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Williamsburg Moose Lodge, 5429 Richmond Road
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Newport News City

Fort Eustis
8/3/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fort Eustis 7th Group, Corner of Schultz and 24th Street Bldg 1034

Newport News
8/1/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Suttle Motors, 12525 Jefferson Avenue
8/3/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard
8/5/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
8/7/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue
8/9/2016: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., ECPI, 1001 Omni Boulevard
8/10/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Village Green Clubhouse, 713 Village Green Parkways
8/12/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd
8/13/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Denbigh, 368 American Legion Drive
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Norfolk City

Norfolk
7/26/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive
7/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Ocean View Post 3160, 111 A View Avenue
7/28/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dominion Tower, 999 Waterside Drive, Suite 415
8/1/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
8/3/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Larchmont United Methodist Church, 1101 Jamestown Crescent
8/8/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
8/10/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., City of Norfolk City Hall, City Hall Building, 810 Union Street
8/15/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue
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Portsmouth City

Portsmouth
8/6/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1115 Cherokee Road
8/12/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Massimo Zanetti, 200 Port Centre Parkway
8/13/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Park Church of Christ, 926 Cherokee Road
8/13/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 3300 Cedar Lane
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Southampton

Courtland
7/29/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Courtland Baptist Church, 22264 Main Street
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Suffolk City

Suffolk
7/28/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Virginia Department of Transportation, 1700 North Main Street
7/29/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Kroger-Suffolk, 1017 University Blvd
8/2/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, 917 Carolina Road
8/3/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Louise Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Boulevard
8/4/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pentecostals of Suffolk, 641 Carolina Rd
8/10/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Verizon Wireless-Suffolk, 6255 College Drive, Suite A
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Surry

Surry
7/28/2016: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road
7/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Dominion Virginia Power/SNIC, 5570 Hog Island Road
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Virginia Beach City

Virginia Beach
7/25/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 717 Tucson Rd.
7/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., AvalonBay Communities Inc., 2901 Sabre Street, Suite 100
7/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
7/26/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pint Party, 236 Clearfield Avenue, Suite 206
7/26/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kempsville Christian Church, 5424 Parliament Drive
7/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Vineyard Community Church, 4444 Expressway Drive
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern Shore Chapel, 2020 Laskin Road
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wawa Ferrell Pkwy, 5048 Ferrell Parkway
7/28/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sandbridge Rescue Squad Station 17, 305 Sandbridge Road
7/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/1/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., ABS Technology, 2809 S. Lynnhaven Rd, Suite 250
8/2/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/2/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church, VB, 5181 Singleton Way
8/4/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Department of Environmental Quality, 5636 Southern Blvd.
8/4/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/7/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of the Acension, 4853 Princess Anne Road
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Blackwater Baptist Church, 6000 Blackwater Road
8/9/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Armada Hoffler, 222 Central Park Ave
8/9/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, 3769 East Stratford Road
8/10/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodstock Elementary School-In Honor of Katie & AJ Niehoff, 6016 Providence Rd
8/11/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/12/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walgreens Nimmo Parkway, 1101 Nimmo Parkway
8/13/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.
8/15/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Masons Kempsville Lodge 56th District, 4869 Princess Anne Road
8/15/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tidewater Central Church of the Nazerene, 5514 Parliament Drive
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York

Grafton
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wawa Yorktown Store # 687, 5824 George Washington Memorial Highway
8/11/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Yorkminster Presbyterian Church Covenant Hall, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway

Yorktown
8/5/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Douglas Aquatics, 102 Industry Dr.
8/9/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 3800 Big Bethel Road

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Chowan

Edenton
8/3/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Vidant Chowan Hospital, 211 Virginia Road
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Currituck

Moyock
8/11/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fellowship Baptist Church, 871 Tulls Creek Road
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Dare

Kill Devil Hills
8/2/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lowe's OBX, 1500 North Croatan Hwy

Nags Head
8/11/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Outer Banks Mall, 5000 South Croatan Hwy
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Franklin

Louisburg
7/30/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Maple Springs Baptist Church, 1938 NC 56 Hwy E
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Hertford

Ahoskie
8/13/2016: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ace Hardware of Ahoskie, 1405 Memorial Drive East

Murfreesboro
8/4/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Metal Tech of Murfreesboro, 314 West Broad Street

Winton
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hertford County Emergency Services, 102 Industrial Park Rd
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Pasquotank

Elizabeth City
7/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Elizabeth City Health and Rehab, 1075 US Hwy 17 South
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Southgate Mall, 1409 West Ehringhaus Street
8/9/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sentara Albemarle Hospital, 1144 North Road Street
8/10/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Riverside United Methodist Church, 1400 Edgewood Drive
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Perquimans

Belvidere
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Belvidere-Chappell Hill Fire Department, 143 Drinking Hole Road
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Surry

Elkin
7/29/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Elkin Rescue Squad, 946 North Bridge Street
8/15/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elkin Rescue Squad, 946 North Bridge Street

Mount Airy
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mt. Airy Wesleyan Church, 2063 South Main Street
8/1/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Surry American Red Cross, 844 Westlake Drive
8/3/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., CK Technologies, 710 Piedmont Triad West Drive
8/14/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Bannertown Baptist Church, 1834 Westfield Road
8/15/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., City of Mount Airy, 113 Renfro Street

Pilot Mountain
7/25/2016: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Pilot Mountain First United Methodist Church, 210 Marion Street


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