Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker
Edgecombe County residents will have seven opportunities to give blood in October and officials of the American Red Cross are hopeful the upcoming public drives are as successful as those conducted in August.
With its emergency appeal for blood donors recently lifted, the American Red Cross is looking to build on the participation in the organization’s August public drives.
“We had an excellent August,” explained Ellen West. West is the senior account manager for Mid-Atlantic Region Blood Services and is based in Greenville. “All of our public drives met their goals.”
West also noted that the emergency appeal for blood donors that had been issued during the summer had been lifted.
The first of the seven public drives will be from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at North Edgecombe High School.
The next day, Tarboro’s Golden K will sponsor a drive from noon until 6 p.m. at the Braswell Center, located at 1500 Western Blvd.
On Monday, Oct. 15, Sunset Church of God will hold a drive from 3-7 p.m. followed by a drive in Pinetops at ABB, Inc. The ABB blood drive will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. ABB is located at 3130 Hwy. 43 North.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, a drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Tarboro High School.
The final two public drives of the month will be on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Superior Essex and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Edgecombe Community College.
The drive at Superior Essex, located at 2801 Anaconda Road, will be from 1-6 p.m. while the drive at ECC will be held in Building C — the nursing building — from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
West cautioned that despite the fact the emergency appeal has been lifted, the holiday season is approaching and there is generally an increased need for donors during that time of the year.