6th annual OBX community blood drive set for December 5-6

Holiday fun can push blood donation to the bottom of the to-do list. Winter weather and seasonal illness can also impact blood supplies.  The Red Cross needs donors to make giving blood a priority this season to ensure they meet the needs of patients during the holidays.  Now is the time to give the gift of life—and get a chance to win gifts!  Your donation may save up to three lives!

For the 6th year in a row, the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) is partnering with the Red Cross and Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church (HRCC) for the OBX Community Blood Drive. The blood drive takes place Tuesday, December 5th, from 10:00A-4:00P, and Wednesday, December 6th, from 12:00-6:00P at HRCC (301 W Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949).

They will be collecting power red and blood both days. Eligible donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive.  Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.  During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

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In addition, a diverse blood supply is important!  The Red Cross is requesting donations from all ethnicities because a patient is more likely to find a compatible blood match from a donor of the same race or a similar ethnic group.  Right now, blood donations from individuals who are Black are urgently needed to help meet the needs of patients with sickle cell disease. Find more information at RedCrossBlood.org/OurBlood.

They recommend making an appointment to reduce wait time. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive, and enter “OBX” as the Sponsor Code.  You may also download the “Blood Donor App” to set up your profile, make your appointment, and track your donations.

The goal of this Drive is to get 90 donors registered each day.  Please help make this event a success AND save lives! OBAR REALTOR® members, and Community Partner/Affiliates should wear name badges or have a business card at check-in.

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