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Red Cross announces "Cruise into Summer"

Press Release

Presenting Donors May Enter A Drawing To Win A Cruise For Two

COLUMBUS, GA  The summer season is always the most relaxing and fun – sun, sand and plenty of smiles. What many don't realize is that during the busy summer season, blood donations often decline due to vacation and summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant.

The American Red Cross is asking donors to "Cruise Into Summer" by donating blood or platelets.

The campaign, which runs from April 1 to June 30, 2010, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross an opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win a cruise for two.

By donating early in the season, blood donors can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients throughout this critical time.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals.

Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Donations can be made at the following American Red Cross blood donation centers by calling 1-800-RED CROSS:

Columbus Donor Center
7490 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA 31909 

Whole blood donors can also donate at the following blood drives:

Harris

Hamilton
4/21/2010: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Hamilton City Hall, 112 Walton Street 

Pine Mountain
4/13/2010: 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM: First Baptist Church of Pine Mountain, 100 McDougald Avenue

Marion

Buena Vista
5/18/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Marion Middle School, 100 East Burkhalter Avenue

Meriwether

Luthersville
5/13/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Unity Elementary School, 172 North Main Street

Manchester
4/08/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Manchester Community Building, 131 West Main Street

Warm Springs
5/26/2010: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, 6391 Roosevelt Highway


Muscogee

Columbus
4/10/2010: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Rivertown Dental Care, 2514 Warm Springs Road
4/11/2010: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Ave
4/12/2010: 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road
4/17/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Faith Worship Center International, 1600 Blanchard Blvd
4/21/2010: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Columbus State University, 4225 University Ave
4/30/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Health and Human Services Ctr Columbus, 2100 Comer Avenue
5/06/2010: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Rothschild Middle School, 1136 Hunt Avenue
5/12/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: St Luke United Methodist Church, 1104 2nd Avenue
5/28/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Midway United Methodist Church, 4442 Buena Vista Road
5/31/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Wal-Mart Store #4200 Columbus, 6475 Gateway Road
6/03/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: St. Francis Hospital, 2122 Manchester Expressway
6/04/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Wal-Mart (Whittlesey) Columbus, 5448 B Whittlesey Road


Schley

Ellaville
5/27/2010: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Ellaville Senior Center, 420 Wilson Street

Troup

Hogansville
5/13/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: First Baptist Church of Hogansville, 500 East Main Street

Lagrange
4/24/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: LaGrange Mall, 1501 LaFayette Parkway
4/27/2010: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: West Georgia Technical College, One College Circle
5/04/2010: 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM: First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 401 Broad Street
5/20/2010: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: New Hope Baptist Church Lagrange, 4050 Roanoke Road
5/22/2010: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: LaGrange Mall, 1501 LaFayette Parkway
5/27/2010: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: LaGrange Nursing and Rehab, 2111 West Point Road
6/01/2010: 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM: First United Methodist Church of LaGrange, 401 Broad Street

West Point
4/27/2010: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Downtown West Point Development Authority, 901 3rd Avenue


Source: American Red Cross

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