Piedmont Crossing to Host Blood Drive in Honor of World Blood Donor Day

May 25, 2017

In honor of World Blood Donor Day, Piedmont Crossing 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 Wednesday, June 7 from 1:30-4:30pm on the campus of Piedmont Crossing, 100 Hedrick Drive, Thomasville.

In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically "paint the world red" by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks. World Blood Day is now a global observance held each June to raise awareness of the scarce supply of safe blood.  Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand. World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

The blood drive at Piedmont Crossing is being conducted by Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC), the primary blood supplier to the regions patients and hospitals. “In our area 25% of the local blood supply is provided by high school and college students.  When they are out of school the impact is great!  We really rely on our churches and businesses to carry us (local patients) through the summer.  That is why every blood drive (and donor) are so important, especially during the summer months!” shared Lauren O Lambeth, Donor Recruiter with CBCC.

Donors should be healthy adults 17 and older who weigh more than 110 pounds. To sign up or for more information about the drive, call Shaylyn Ladd at 828-465-8028.