Annual Halloween blood drive at OWASA

Join the fun and give the gift of life at OWASA’s annual Halloween blood drive

OWASA and the American Red Cross invite you to celebrate Halloween by giving your blood!

Ghouls, goblins and others with human blood are invited to the blood drive at OWASA on Friday, October 31st, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. The drive will be in the Community Room on the lower floor of OWASA’s Administration Building, 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. For a map showing OWASA’s location, please click here.

OWASA staff will be in costume, and blood donors are invited to join in the fun.

“This blood drive is a fun, natural fit for Halloween but it’s also responding to a very vital need…the need for blood and ensuring its availability to patients,” said Sharon Pitt, CEO of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Giving blood is an easy way to impact the community and make an impact in someone’s life as one blood donation can help save up to three lives.”

Every day, blood is needed for lifesaving transfusions to treat trauma patients, premature babies and patients as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses. There is no substitute for blood, and volunteer donors are the only source.

All presenting blood donors in October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Donors must be in general good health, have photo identification, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent).  Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet height and weight requirements.

For more information, please contact Kelly Thompson at 919-537-4370 or kthompson@owasa.org, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “owasa” as the sponsor code.

Walk-ins are welcome after noon. Information is also available from the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcrossblood.org.

Next OWASA blood drive: Monday, December 29, 2014, 10 AM - 2:30 PM