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Red Cross in search of blood donations

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

HUNTINGTON -- With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate from Monday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept. 9, could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.

"The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over," said John Hagins, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. "As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation."

An urgent need remains for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood donations to keep pace with patient needs.

Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org/summer to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are listed below.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Monday, Aug. 26

Grayson, Ky.: 1 to 6 p.m., First Church of Christ, 287 Pomeroy St.

Nitro, W.Va.: 2 to 7 p.m., Nitro Moose Lodge 565, 101 1st Ave.

Oak Hill, Ohio: 1 to 7 p.m., Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 East Cross St.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Huntington: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Morehead, Ky.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carl D. Perkins Community Center, Flemingsburg Road

Parkersburg, W.Va.: 1 to 6 p.m., Broadway Church of the Nazarene, 901 Broadway Ave.

Portsmouth, Ohio: noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th St.

South Charleston, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas Memorial Hospital, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Charleston: 7 a.m. to noon, American Electric Power, 404 29th St. West

Charleston: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Matthews Episcopal Mathes Hall, 36 Norwood Road.

Pomeroy, Ohio: 1 to 6 p.m., Mulberry Community Center, 260 Mulberry Ave.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Charleston: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CAMC Women & Childrens, 800 Pennsylvania Ave.

Huntington: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University Memorial Student Center, Room 2W40, One John Marshall Drive and noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Jackson, Ohio: Noon to 6 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 251 Powell Drive.

Friday, Aug. 30

Franklin Furnace, Ohio: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Big Sandy Superstore Distribution Center, 8375 Gallia Pike.

Parkersburg, W.Va.: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Ave.

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