Red Cross: Donors of all blood types, races and ethnicities needed

By on September 24, 2019

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 23-Oct. 15:

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply.

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular blood transfusions, blood must be matched closely – beyond the primary A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy. The best match may be someone of the same racial or ethnic group.

Eight-year-old AJ Torres requires blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease, the most common genetic disease in the U.S. The disease is most common among people of African descent or Latino descent, like AJ, and can sometimes cause small blood vessels to become blocked. Diverse donors are important to ensuring AJ has the blood products he needs to regain his health.

“Within minutes of receiving a blood transfusion, I watch his strength be restored, pain vanish and energy return. Soon he transforms back to himself – a rambunctious little boy,” said his mom, Caira Torres. “If an 8-year-old can withstand a needle, so can you.”

Donors of all blood types, as well as all races and ethnicities, are needed to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Appointments can be made 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.

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game.

Edenton

10/1/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Macedonia Baptist Church, 1004 Macedonia Rd

10/8/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Edenton Baptist Church, 200 South Granville Street

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Currituck

 

10/15/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., J. P. Knapp Early College, 2966 Caratoke Hwy

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Dare

 

Buxton

9/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Fessenden Center, 46830 N. C. Highway 12

 

Kill Devil Hills

10/15/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive

 

Kitty Hawk

9/30/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kitty Hawk Elementary School, 16 South Dogwood Trail

10/2/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 301 West Kitty Hawk Road

10/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 301 West Kitty Hawk Road

 

Manteo

10/3/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, 374 Airport Road

10/11/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dare County Center, 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive

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Hertford

 

Ahoskie

10/3/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hertford County High School, 1500 West First Street

10/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ahoskie United Methodist Church, 212 West Church Street

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Northampton

 

Gaston

9/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Northampton County High School, 152 Hurricane Dr.

 

Lasker

10/2/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Northeast Academy, 210 Church Street

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Pasquotank

 

Elizabeth City

9/23/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pasquotank Ruritan Club, 2213 Main Street Ext

9/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pasquotank County High School, 1064 Northside Road

9/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 1453 North Road Street

9/30/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Weeksville Lions Club, 2760 Peartree Road

10/10/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sentara Albemarle Medical Hospital, 1144 North Road Street

10/10/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Albemarle Area Association of Realtors, 426 McArthur Drive

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Accomack

 

Chincoteague Island

9/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Chincoteague High School, 4586 Main Street

 

Davis Wharf

10/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Craddockville United Methodist Church, 33464 Boston Road

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Chesapeake City

 

Chesapeake

9/23/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Redeemer Church, 508 Centerville Turnpike North

9/24/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Rose and Womble Realty- Volvo Pkwy, 1215 Volvo Parkway

9/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road

9/25/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., ASM Research, 1434 Crossways Blvd.

9/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Stephen, Martyr, 1544 S. Battlefield Boulevard

10/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Apostles Lutheran Church, 370 Johnstown Road

10/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New Creation UMC Aldersgate Campus, 4320 Bruce Road

10/6/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Chesapeake Square Mall, 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard

10/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Chesapeake Public Library, 298 Cedar Road

10/10/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Sentara College of Health Sciences, 1441 Crossways Boulevard, Suite 105

10/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 621 Cedar Road

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Franklin City

 

Franklin

9/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Paul D Camp Community College, 100 N College Drive

10/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., James L. Camp, Jr. Family YMCA, 300 Crescent Dr

10/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Franklin High School, 310 Crescent Drive

10/15/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Main Office Building, 34040 Union Camp Drive

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Gloucester

 

Gloucester

10/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue Station #1, 6595 Main Street

 

Hayes

9/24/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Providence Baptist Church, 3501 Providence Road

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Hampton City

 

Hampton

9/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Coastal Virginia Chapter, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue

9/26/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., TNCC Moore Hall, 99 Thomas Nelson Drive

9/30/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., YMCA Health & Wellness Center, 4001 Coliseum Drive

10/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 514 S Armistead Avenue

10/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Coastal Virginia Chapter, 1323 W. Pembroke Avenue

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Isle of Wight

 

Smithfield

9/26/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar Street

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James City

 

Toano

9/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stonehouse Presbyterian Church, 9401 Fieldstone Parkway

 

Williamsburg

9/23/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive

9/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, 100 Sentara Circle

10/1/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road

10/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mounts Bay Recreation Center, 101 Tutters Neck Road

10/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue

10/7/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethel Restoration Center, 6205 Richmond Road

10/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m., Eastern State Hospital- Staff Development Building 3, 4601 Ironbound Road

10/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., College of William and Mary, Grigbys Street

10/14/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ironbound Gym, 4325 New Town Ave.

10/14/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., City Community Building, 401 North Boundary Street

10/15/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Warhill High School, 4615 Opportunity Way

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Newport News City

 

Fort Eustis

10/7/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Joint Base Langley Eustis, 1900 Jackson Ave, Corner of 5th and Patton

 

Newport News

9/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Denbigh Baptist Church, 13010 Mitchell Point Road

9/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd.

10/1/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Mariners’ Museum and Park, 100 Museum Dr

10/3/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 730 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Ste 130

10/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Temple Baptist, 235 Harpersville Road

10/3/2019: 4:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hiden Place Apartments, 340 Hidenwood Drive

10/5/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Mall, 12300 Jefferson Avenue

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Norfolk City

 

Norfolk

9/23/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 600 Gresham Drive

9/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Webb Center, 49th Street

9/25/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saint Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Ave

9/26/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sentara Leigh Hospital Elizabeth River Room, 830 Kempsville Road

9/27/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/28/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/29/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

9/30/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/1/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/2/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., City of Norfolk City Hall, City Hall Building, 810 Union Street

10/2/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/3/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., SECEP, 2861 E Princess Anne Road

10/4/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/5/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Norview Lodge, 1125 Hugo Street

10/6/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/7/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/9/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/9/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Larchmont United Methodist Church, 1101 Jamestown Crescent

10/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Webb Center, 49th Street

10/10/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/11/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/12/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/13/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/14/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

10/15/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Norfolk Blood Donation Center, 250 West Brambleton Avenue

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Northampton

 

Eastville

10/7/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Northampton High School, 16041 Courthouse Road

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Portsmouth City

 

Portsmouth

10/12/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 3312 Cedar Lane

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Virginia Beach City

 

Virginia Beach

9/23/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kempsville Elementary, 570 Kempsville Road

9/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/25/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., City of Virginia Beach Municipal Center, 1 Municipal Center

9/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/25/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Luxford Elementary, 4804 Haygood Road

9/26/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., VA Beach Sheriffs Office Building 7, 2501 James Madison Boulevard

9/26/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wave Church- Seabord Campus, 2655 Seaboard Road

9/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/28/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/29/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3900 Virginia Beach Blvd

9/30/2019: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., Hampton Roads Sanitation District, 1434 Air Rail Avenue

9/30/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

9/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The GBS Group, 2696 Reliance Drive, Suite 100

10/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/2/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of the Holy Family, 1279 North Great Neck Road

10/3/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/3/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane

10/4/2019: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/6/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/6/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/7/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/7/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Princess Anne Rec Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway

10/8/2019: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., NEXCOM, 3280 Virginia Beach Boulevard

10/8/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Harygul’s Halloween Store-Lynnhaven, 2701 N Mall Drive #101

10/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/8/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean Lakes Elementary School, 1616 Upton Drive

10/8/2019: 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Harygul’s Halloween Store- Hilltop, 614 First Colonial Rd

10/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/10/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/11/2019: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/12/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hunt Club Farm, 2388 London Bridge Road

10/13/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/13/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Church of the Acension, 4853 Princess Anne Road

10/13/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hunt Club Farm, 2388 London Bridge Road

10/14/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/15/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn VA Beach-Norfolk, 5655 Greenwich Road

10/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Virginia Beach Blood Donation Center, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd.

10/15/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hermitage Elementary School, 1701 Pleasure House Road

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Williamsburg City

 

Williamsburg

10/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mason School of Business College of William and Mary, 101 Ukrop Way

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York

 

Grafton

10/10/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yorkminster Presbyterian Church/Covenant Hall, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway

 

Seaford

10/8/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Seaford Baptist Church, 1311 Seaford Road

 

Yorktown

9/26/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Peninsula Community Chapel, 4209 Big Bethel Road

9/28/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Shiloh Baptist Church, Yorktown, 105 Goosley Road

10/4/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Yorktown Masonic Lodge, 221 Ballard Street

 

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.

 

 

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