RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – First Lady Kristin Cooper and her daughter Natalie donated blood last Thursday because North Carolina is experiencing a blood shortage and she wanted to help and show her appreciation for frontline workers.
“Roy and I are very thankful for the work of the Red Cross and all of our frontline workers throughout this pandemic,” said Kristin Cooper. “I feel like donating blood is one way we can give back and show our gratitude.”
The American Red Cross is in dire need of the help of donors to boost blood supplies and encourages all who are able to donate.
As of June 14th, the Red Cross only able to maintain a half day’s supply of Type O due to significantly more trauma cases (demand for blood due to trauma cases is up 10% from June 2019, pre-pandemic), more car accidents, elective surgeries, and organ transplants.
To help with the shortage, Rotarians are hosting monthly blood drives.
The next Rotarian event, Bleed for Your City Blood Drive, will be held Wednesday, June 23 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. All donors will receive a free t-shirt.
If you can’t make that date, the New Hanover Regional AirLink/VitaLink Critical Care Transport Team is also hosting a Community Blood Drive on Friday, June 25 at the Elks Lodge, 5102 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For either event, click here and enter your Zip code to schedule an appointment or call 1-800-733-2767.
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