Blood drive at OWASA on Feb. 26, 2014

On Wednesday, February 26th, please come out to give the gift of life with the American Red Cross at OWASA from 11 AM to 3:30 PM.

The blood 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.

The American Red Cross needs donors to help restock the blood supply this February. Severe winter weather throughout January across much of the country forced the cancellation of about 770 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations.

“Blood products were distributed to hospitals as quickly as the donations came in,” said Steve Maness, CEO of the Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The extraordinary number of cancellations in January was the equivalent of the Red Cross having to shut down its national operations for more than an entire day.”

All blood types are needed and there is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood, and volunteer donors are the only source.

People who come to donate will be entered to win a $1,500 gift card to use toward a vacation getaway.

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 or to schedule an appointment, please contact Kelly Thompson at 919-537-4370 or kthompson@owasa.org, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “owasa” as the sponsor code.

Making an appointment will help the donation process go smoothly for everyone. 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 redcrossblood.org.

2014 OWASA blood drive schedule

April 30, 2014                                        Wednesday             10 AM - 2:30 PM

June 30, 2014                                       Monday                  10 AM - 2:30 PM

August 25, 2014                                    Monday                  10 AM - 2:30 PM

October 31, 2014                                  Friday                     10 AM - 2:30 PM

December 29, 2014                               Monday                  10 AM - 2:30 PM