Give the gift of blood this holiday season

By on November 28, 2018

2018 has been a rough year for many areas of North Carolina due to harsh winter snow storms in January and February and Hurricanes Florence and Michael in September and October.  Strong weather shut down many towns for weeks due to flooding, property damage, and power outages.  As a result, many blood drives were cancelled leading to a major shortage in blood units in North Carolina.

On Wednesday, December 5th, the Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk is co-sponsoring a holiday blood drive with the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR).  The blood drive, open to the public, is scheduled from 12:00pm until 6:00pm and will take place at the Holy Redeemer Church located at 301 West Kitty Hawk Road in Kitty Hawk.  Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting and entering “HRCC” as the Sponsor Code.

The event is being organized by Shannon Revels, Senior Account Manager, Donor Recruitment with the American Red Cross and the Blood Drive Committee of the Holy Redeemer.  “Shannon and Mike Kopinksi, Holy Redeemer Church and Blood Drive Committee member, both reached out to me about OBAR co-sponsoring this holiday blood drive”, says Leah Holmes, Communications and Outreach Director of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®.  “There was no question that we did not want to help out in any way we can after so many blood drives have been cancelled due to the severe weather North Carolina has experienced in 2018,” said Holmes.

There will be a door prize donated by Belk which includes a men and women’s fragrance box.  All donors participating in the blood drive will be automatically entered to win.  Food is being donated by fourteen different local restaurants.  If you are interested in possibly volunteering for the event, please contact the Holy Redeemer Church at (252) 261-4700 or visit the church’s website and fill out the “Contact Our Parish” section.

The Holy Redeemer by the Sea Church holds up to five donation drives throughout the year.  The church is ranked in the top three percent in the nation for blood donation and is number two in its division.  There will be several blood drives held in the Outer Banks between now and the New Year.  Says Kopinski, “It does not matter where you go, as long as you donate.”  For more information on blood donation eligibility and FAQs please visit

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