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WFMY News 2 Holiday Blood Drive collects 264 units

One pint of blood can save three lives.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — We want to say, "Thank you" for being a hero. 

WFMY News 2 collected 264 units of blood at the 56th WFMY News 2 Holiday Blood Drive. That's enough blood donations to save the lives of nearly 800 patients. 

Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and paying it forward.  

Donors gave blood Tuesday during the event held at the Piedmont Hall at the Greensboro Coliseum. 

One pint of blood can save up to three lives. The American Red Cross provides live-saving blood to hospitals throughout the region. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders, and other illnesses receive live-saving transfusions every day.

“The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Angela Broome Powley, regional donor services executive, Greater Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Required medical treatments and emergencies don’t pause for the holidays or a widespread coronavirus outbreak.”

Remember that you can still keep on saving lives by donating blood. 

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD

You can make an appointment to give blood call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit redcrossblood.org You can also download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT DONATING BLOOD

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org and follow the instructions on the site.