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American Red Cross encourages people to donate blood through summer months

The organizations typically sees a decrease in donations this time of year with summer vacations and students out of school. The organizations typically sees a decrease in donations this time of year with summer vacations and students out of school.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The American Red Cross is hosting several blood drive events to promote donations during the summer months. The organizations typically sees a decrease in donations this time of year with summer vacations and students out of school.

Wilmington Red Cross officials have different ways to encourage people to donate blood.

"We have some social media campaigns, #ChooseYourDay. Take a selfie when you're out here doing a blood drive, encourage other people you know who are eligible to come out and donate blood," spokeswoman, Autum Mihm said.

"We have promotional things going on, too," Mihm added. "People can come out and get a key chain, a t-shirt, and whatever little swag items they can take home."

The Wilmington organization is hosting blood drives every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and the second Sunday of each month.

You can make an appointment on their website and find the donation locations and times on www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Did you know one unit of blood donation can help save up to three lives? Also, people as young as 16 can donate with parental consent.

Red Cross officials say donors will receive a blood donor card in the mail after donating and can learn about their health, including their blood type, blood pressure, and temperature while donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: August 1-15

Bladen County

Dublin 8/7/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Dublin First Baptist Church, 7275 Albert St.

Brunswick County

Leland 8/13/2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Brunswick Forest Fitness & Wellness, 2701 Brunswick Forest

Oak Island 8/1/2014 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Oak Island Community Center, 4601 E Oak Island Dr.

Southport 8/4/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St.

Columbus County

Whiteville 8/13/2014 from 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Whiteville United Methodist Church, 902 Pinckney St.

New Hanover County

Wilmington 8/11/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church, 5524 Myrtle Grove Rd.

Wilmington Fixed SiteAmerican Red Cross – 1102 S. 16th St.
Monday 1-6pm, Wednesday 11:30am-4:30pm, Friday 8am-1:30pm, Second Sunday of the
Month 12-4:30pm

Pender County

Burgaw 8/5/2014 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Pender Memorial Hospital, 507 E. Fremont

Hampstead 8/11/2014 from 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Hampstead United Methodist Church, 15395 US Highway 17

Robeson County

Pembroke 8/2/2014 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at New Prospect Methodist Church, 4359 NC Highway 710

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