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34th Annual Operation Blood Drive happening June 24

34th Annual Operation Blood Drive - WLOS
34th Annual Operation Blood Drive - WLOS

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an even bigger need for blood donations across the nation, including right here in western North Carolina.

To help, News 13 is partnering with the American Red Cross and The Blood Connection for the 34th Annual Operation Blood Drive.

With the aid of our incredible partners, The Blood Connection and the Red Cross, News 13 will host the 2021 event on Thursday, June 24th, at many donation locations across the region.

The Blood Connection

The Blood Connection will be taking donations from 7am-Noon on Thursday in the parking lot at the WLOS studio at 110 Technology Drive in Asheville.

And, at the following locations:

  • Mission Hospital (2 shifts) 7:30-12:30 & 1-6
  • Grace Lutheran Church 11-6
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce 8-1
  • Hendersonville Donation Center 7-7
  • Asheville Donation Center 7-7
  • Belk Asheville Mall 1-6
  • Match at Marion East Recreation Complex 2-7

All donors will receive a $20 VISA card and an exclusive blood donor t-shirt. Additionally, all donors will be registered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card from Ingles.

Visit thebloodconnection.org/obd to schedule an appointment. If you have any issues scheduling online, call Samantha at the Blood Connection at 828-335-0164.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross will be taking donations at three separate locations on Thursday.

  • Trinity Baptist Church
    216 Shelburne Road
    Asheville, NC 28806
    7am-7pm
  • American Red Cross – Henderson
    211 1st Avenue East
    Hendersonville, NC 28792
    10am-6pm
  • Polk Community at Steps of Hope
    60 Ward Street
    Columbus, NC 28700
    2pm-6:30pm
  • First United Methodist Church of Waynesville
    566 South Haywood Street
    Waynesville, NC 28786
    11am-7pm

All presenting blood donors will receive an Operation Blood Drive t-shirt, while supplies last.

To schedule your appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or utilize the Red Cross Blood Donor App on your cell phone and enter Sponsor Code: OBD2021.

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