Blood Donations Nedded During "Winter Days" 1/6/07

The American Red Cross encourages everyone to give the perfect gift this holiday season-the gift of life. By donating blood during the "Winter Days of Giving," December 16,2006 through January 6, 2007, donors can help assure that blood is available to patients in need throughout the area. During the "Winter Days" campaign, presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve American Red Cross t-shirt and an opportunity to win a seven-day cruise for two and two Delta Air Lines roundtrip tickets. Special Wilmington Donation Center Hours are Monday & Wednesday 12:00pm-6:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday 2:00pm-6:00pm, Friday 8:00am-2:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am-12:00pm, Sunday 12/24 10:00am-2:00pm Sunday 12/31, 11:00am-3:00pm. Call 254-GIVE(4483) for Mobile Blood Donations.

More than 1,600 units of blood and blood products are needed each day by patients in the 103 area hospitals served by the Carolinas Blood Services Region. Currently all blood types are needed. Individuals with blood types O and B are especially encouraged to come in and give.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health. Because blood cells replace themselves, people can safely donate whole blood every 56 days.