In recognition of National Police Week, The Blood Connection (TBC) is calling on the community to help honor local heroes. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day for their communities, some paying the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect. As an organization whose main mission is also to save lives, TBC thanks those brave men and women for their service.
Just like the public relies on law enforcement officers, TBC relies on loyal blood donors to save lives. Right now, The Blood Connection has an urgent need for blood donors. This week is a great time for the community to step up and support its local blood center and law enforcement agencies at the same time. While not everyone can be officers or deputies, community members can honor their live-saving passion by donating blood. When tragedies happen, law enforcement officers are the first responders. Blood supplied by The Blood Connection is also there in an emergency, when people need it most. Both missions go hand-in-hand. Since donations only come from community blood donors, TBC is especially grateful to those behind the badge for protecting the lifeblood of what TBC does.
In the spirit of saving more lives together, The Blood Connection is teaming up with the local law enforcement agencies listed below from May 13-17. For every donor, TBC will donate $10 to the agency’s charity of choice. Donors can make an appointment online or show up between blood drive hours. Each blood donation has the power to save up to three lives. Together as a community, help show these local heroes we support them too.
Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office
Donations to The Blue Line Foundation
153 Public Safety Way, Brevard NC 28712 | Mon. May 13 | 2pm – 5pm
Donations to The Storehouse of Henderson County
100 N Grove St, Hendersonville NC 28792 | Mon. May 13 | 8am – 12pm
Donations to KARE of Haywood County
9 South Main Street, Waynesville NC 28786 | Wed. May 15 | 2pm – 7pm
Greenway Baptist Church
Donations to Hunter’s Heroes
880 Greenway Rd, Boone NC 28607 | Fri. May 17 | 10am – 3pm
When donors give local with The Blood Connection, it stays local. TBC is the primary blood provider for almost every hospital in Western North Carolina, which means when people here need blood, TBC supplies it. While trauma is the most obvious reason for blood usage, cancer patients are usually the number one recipients of blood products. Donations are also needed for burn victims, premature infants, surgeries, and those with blood disorders, to name a few. When community members share blood, healing happens, and families remain whole.
Again, TBC has an urgent need for all blood types. Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors can visit thebloodconnection.org for more information or to find other blood drives.
About The Blood Connection
Founded in 1962 in Greenville, SC, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. It recruits donors and collects blood within South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. All of the blood received through donations goes right back into the communities that TBC serves.
Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC collects blood from donors through bloodmobiles, portable field units, and fixed donation sites. It holds blood drives every day and distributes blood, platelets, and plasma each year to connect volunteer blood donors, hospitals, and patients needing life-saving transfusions. For more information, contact The Blood Connection at 828-585-8060 or visit thebloodconnection.org.