The Daily Southerner
John H. Walker
Edgecombe County residents will have five opportunities to donate blood during the month of January, beginning Monday at St. James United Methodist Church, located at 211 E. Saint James in Tarboro.
The year’s first blood drive will be from 2:45 until 7 p.m.
The next day, a blood drive will be held for Edgecombe County employees at the County Administration Building from 12:30 until 5 p.m. While the drive is designated as being for county employees, it is open to the public.
Then, on Monday, Jan. 14, the West Edgecombe Ruritan Club, located at 402 Ruritan Lane in Rocky Mount, will hold a drive from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, ABB will hold its quarterly blood drive — also open to the public — at its location at 3130 Highway 43 North. Hours for the drive at ABB, which manufactures instrument transformers, is 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The final drive of the month will be on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Braswell Center, located at 1500 Western Blvd. This drive will begin at noon and continue until 6 p.m.
Persons may call 1-800-733-2707 to schedule an appointment to give blood — and walk-ins are always welcomed.
American Red Cross officials say a combination of factors, beginning with Hurricane Sandy and including both an increased need for blood during the holidays and a seasonal drop in donations means that every drop of blood collected counts.
One unit of blood is roughly the equivalent of one pint and can help save as many as three people’s lives,
On a daily basis, approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day and someone needs blood every three seconds.