In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.

As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation. But blood  and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Donating blood is an easy way to care for each other and ensure hospitals have the blood products patients rely on.

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.

Monday 5/18/2020: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Deerfield UMC, 1184 Deerfield Rd, Boone
Monday 5/18/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Henson Chapel UMC, 120 Henson Hollar Road, Vilas
Tuesday 5/19/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine
Thursday 5/21/2020: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jefferson UMC, 115 East Main Street, Jefferson
Thursday 5/21/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Bolens Creek Baptist Church, 19 Heavenly Lane, Burnsville
Friday 5/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Watauga County Library, 140 Queen St, Boone
Friday 6/5/202 1:30 - 6 pm, Modern Toyota of Boone, East King Street ,Boone
Monday 6/8/2020 2 - 6:30 pm Boone United Methodist Church, New Market Blvd, Boone
Tuesday 6/9/2020 1:30 - 6 pm Holiday Inn Express, Blowing Rock Road, Boone

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading
the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive.