The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.
To help with this need, consider donating at the Mitchell County Blood Drive Thursday, January 23 from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at Mayland Community College. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (828) 766-1234.