Critical Need for Blood Donors – All Types Needed

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                              JANUARY 8, 2019

KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Every two seconds in America, someone is in need of a blood. With a nationwide shortage of blood continuing, the American Red Cross is urging those who can donate to please give blood. All blood types are needed, but donors with “O” type blood are especially needed during this critical time.

James Sprunt Community College, along with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on its campus Thursday, January 17, 2019. The blood drive will be held in the Boyette Building, Room 113 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” said Jessie Lee, the organizer of the blood drive at James Sprunt. “Your donation is crucial in helping support patients’ ongoing needs as well as unforeseen trauma situations. Give now and help overcome a blood emergency!”

The process from start to finish takes about 1 hour, while the actual donation only takes about 10 minutes.

Walk-ins welcome, however donors can also visit redcrossblood.org and enter “James Sprunt CC” to schedule an appointment in advance.

As always, prior to giving blood it is recommended that donors drink plenty of fluids and eat a meal prior to their arrival. Donors are eligible to give blood once every 56 days.

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For media related questions, please contact Cheryl Hemric, director of marketing and public information at (910) 275-6170.

James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.

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