About 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood; however, only three percent actually do. The American Red Cross is encouraging individuals to join those who have stepped up to help save lives by donating blood or platelets.


“While only about three percent of the population donates blood, many of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime,” said Sharon Pitt, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors to meet the needs of patients who depend on transfusions. It is important that our donors realize the impact they have on the lives of so many.”


Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities in Avery County


Friday, April 4


Avery High School (401 Avery County High School Road; Newland)


8:30 am to 1:30 pm


Contact Susan Hawkins at 733-0151 or HOSA member to schedule an appointment.


Friday, April 25


Lees McRae College (420 College Drive; Banner Elk)


1:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Contact school nurse Carl Griewisch at 898-8862 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your appointment.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Paula Piercy at (828) 553-1272. The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals.


Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.


For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.