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Improve Your Home, Improve the Lives of Others

A woman wearing a sticker that says "Be nice to me, I gave blood today!"
Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community.

Planning your next Do-It-Yourself or home improvement project? Present to donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion January 1 through March 31, 2013, for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Whether you’re looking for power tools, paint or your must-have DIY supplies, the Red Cross wants to reward donors who not only do-it-yourself, they do it for others.

Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs. With blood drives held every week throughout the Piedmont Triad, there are countless opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.

“Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This time of year is always challenging, but we hope our dedicated donors continue to make it a priority to build a better blood supply.”

The Nussbaum Blood Center is located in the Greensboro Chapter at 1501 Yanceyville Street in Greensboro and is closed on Sunday.

The hours for the center are:

Mondays 2:00pm to 6:30pm

Tuesdays 1:30pm to 6:30pm

Wednesdays & Saturdays 8:00am to 1:00pm

Thursdays 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Fridays 9:00am to 1:30pm

The Triad Blood Center is located beside the NWNC Chapter at 650 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem and is closed on Saturday.

The hours for the center are:

Mondays 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Wednesdays & Fridays 8:00 am to 1:00pm

Sunday 10:30am to 3:00pm

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 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.