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Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center in critical need for blood donations

FAYETTEVILLE – JAN. 13, 2019 – Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center has less than a two-day supply of most blood types and is in critical need for blood donations. The shortage is due to a low turnout of local volunteers, seasonal illness, and busy holiday and travel schedules.

The community is critical for types A-, B-, AB-, O- and O+ blood types. The Blood Donor Center is especially critical for type O negative blood with less than a one-day supply. Trauma patients and premature infants must receive O-negative blood and one patient can deplete that inventory.

The Blood Donor Center provides blood for transfusion patients in Cumberland, Bladen, Hoke and Harnett counties. When there is a shortage, the center looks statewide and nationwide for blood. However, there is a national shortage and no relief.

January is designated as National Blood Donor Month due to the struggles nationwide this time of year. To ensure blood is available, communities worldwide rely on the commitment of altruistic blood donors who help serve their communities and local blood bank with a safe and robust blood supply.

Located at 3357 Village Drive, Suite 150, the center is extending its hours this week: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The center’s bloodmobile will be in Harnett County tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 14:

  • Betsy Johnson Hospital, 800 Tilghman Dr., Dunn, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Central Harnett Hospital, 215 Brightwater Dr., Lillington, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Donors will receive a blood type keychain for National Blood Donor Month.

For more information, call (910) 615-LIFE.

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