Abernethy Laurels to Host Blood Drive During National Blood Donor Month

January 18, 2018

In honor of National Blood Donor Month, Abernethy Laurels is encouraging people to roll up their sleeves to give blood in hopes of maintaining a sufficient blood supply for the area. The blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 from 1pm-4:30pm on the campus of Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Avenue, Newton. All donors will receive a complimentary long sleeve shirt.

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. Inclement winter weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.

The blood drive at Abernethy Laurels is being conducted by Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC), the primary blood supplier to the regions patients and hospitals. “Abernethy Laurels is proud to partner with CBCC to celebrate National Blood Donor Month and to recognize the lifesaving contribution blood donors make to modern healthcare. It is important for each donor to know that their donation can directly impact the lives of three individuals,” said Shaylyn Ladd, director of community engagement at Abernethy Laurels.

Donors should be healthy adults 17 and older who weigh more than 110 pounds. Prior to donating, those giving must present official photo identification. To register or for more information about the drive, call Shaylyn Ladd at 828-465-8028.