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Many chances to give blood in coming month

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The local American Red Cross has released its latest information on giving blood and the locations where you can give.

Below is a full press release about the locations, dates and how you can help.

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3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor (June 14, 2017) - The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. 1. Schedule - Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. 2. Prepare - Get a good night's sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids. 3. Give - The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes. Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. New blood donors are especially needed during the summer months because many schools where blood drives are held - and where new donors give - are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacations. In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can make an even greater impact by inviting others to join them in giving. Upcoming blood donation opportunities: NC Beaufort Belhaven 7/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Wilkinson Center, 144 W. Main Street Chocowinity 7/4/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Twin Lakes Camping Resort, 1618 Memory Lane Washington 6/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Swim Beach Parking Area, 2190 Camp Leach Road 6/19/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Blind Center, 219 N. Harvey Street 6/19/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Free Will Baptist Church, 901 N. Bonner St. 6/26/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Old Ford Ruritan Building, 48 NC Hwy 171 N 6/29/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 211 West 2nd Street 6/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Clarks Neck Fire & Rescue Department, 3797 Wharton Station Road _______________ Bertie Windsor 6/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Windsor Community Building, 201 S. Queen Street _______________ Carteret Atlantic Beach 6/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church, 201 E. Fort Macon Road Emerald Isle 6/16/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Emerald Isle Community Center, 7506 Emerald Drive Morehead City 6/23/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3606 Country Club Road 6/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Carteret Health Care, 3500 Arendell St., PO Box 1619 7/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 5219 Highway 70 West 7/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Carteret Community College in the Historic Camp Glenn Building, 3505 Arendell St. Newport 6/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church /Community Life Center, 1011 Orange St. _______________ Duplin Beulaville 6/29/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cedar Fork Baptist Church, 668 Cedar Fork Church Rd. Wallace 6/20/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion at Wallace Post 156, 529 East Southerland Street 6/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Murphy Family Ventures, 5752 Hwy 117 S. Warsaw 7/7/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 9810 Warsaw, 364 Bruce Costin Road _______________ Greene Snow Hill 6/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Greene County Recreation Department, 468 US 13 7/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Free Gospel Pentecostal Free Will/Family Life Center, 145 Free Gospel Road _______________ Jones Trenton 6/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trenton United Methodist Church, 107 N Market St. _______________ Lenoir Kinston 6/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Student Center Building 2, 231 Hwy 58 South 6/28/2017: 8:15 a.m. - 11 a.m., Field Control, 2630 Airport Road 6/29/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 800 Roundtree Street 7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Airport Road _______________ Martin Jamesville 7/9/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jamesville Fire Department and EMS, 1035 Hayes St. Robersonville 6/29/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rose of Sharon Church, 8000 BearGrass Road Williamston 7/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bear Grass Fire Department, 7890 Bear Grass Road _______________ Onslow Jacksonville 6/16/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Onslow Memorial Hospital/Education Building, 317 Western Boulevard 6/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jacksonville Mall, 375 Jacksonville Mall 7/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jacksonville Mall - Mobile, 375 Western Blvd 7/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sam's Club, 1170 Western Blvd. 7/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Extreme Outfitters, 102 Western Blvd _______________ Pitt Ayden 6/19/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ayden United Methodist Church, 460 West 3rd Street Greenville 6/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 6/20/2017: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., WITN-TV, 275 East Arlington Blvd 6/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 6/22/2017: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Vidant Medical Center, 2100 Stantonsburg Road 6/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 6/28/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parker's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 2241 Old Pactolus Road 7/1/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive 7/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive Grifton 6/21/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grifton Volunteer Fire Department, 6881 South Highland Ave 6/26/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lighthouse Mennonite Church, 1281 Honolulu Road Winterville 6/29/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Open Door Ministries, 4584 Reedy Branch Road 7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pitt Community College Craig Goess Student Center, 1986 Pitt Tech Road _______________ Tyrrell Columbia 6/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Columbia High School, 902 Main Street 7/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Columbia High School, 902 Main Street How to help Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. 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

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