Red Cross seeking blood drive participants

Virginia Gazette staff

The American Red Cross' spring blood drive is coming to the Peninsula this month.

People can donate blood, used in life-saving transfusions, six times each year, and the organization encourages people to donate often. Blood is perishable with the constant need for replenishment, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

That's why the organization is holding six blood drives in Williamsburg, James City and York counties between April 18-30.

Anyone in good health, at least 17 years old and weighing more than 110 pounds is eligible to give.

Although all blood types can help by donating blood, type O is the universal blood type and in demand. Types A negative and B negative are also in demand, according to the release.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive schedule:

Williamsburg and James City County:

•7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 20 at the Eastern State Hospital-Building 3, 4601 Ironbound Road

•10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg, 1500 Commonwealth Avenue

•Noon to 5 p.m. April 21 at T J Maxx, 4640 Monticello Avenue

•9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at Saint Bede Catholic Church Parish Center, 10 Harrison Avenue

•Noon to 5 p.m. April 30 at Bruster's Old Fashion Ice Cream and Yogurt, 5289 John Tyler Highway

York County:

•2-7 p.m. April 18 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, 113 Sinclair Lane

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

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