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9 On Your Side hosts Caring For Carolina Blood Drive

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Every day a life is saved because someone took the time to give blood.

Through the effort of 9 On Your Side's Caring for Carolina Blood Drive, more than 90 units of blood were collected on Friday in Eastern North Carolina. Each unit of blood saves three lives, so as many as 270 lives can be saved from community members donating blood in four different cities across the east.

Amy Ward is a blood donor, volunteer and board member for the Greater Pamlico Red Cross. While there is always a need for blood, ward says right now, they’re playing catch up and the need is desperate.

“We’ve had an extremely bad winter so we are really behind on our giving from normal donors," said Ward. "And it’s such a beautiful day it’s a perfect chance to come out and take care of getting some fresh air and giving blood to save a life.”

Ward says donating blood is one of the most rewarding opportunities. Because of the severe winter weather in January and February, the Red Cross Donation Center in Greenville was forced to close several days and also cancel local blood drives.

When Glenda Walsh heard about the Caring for Carolina Blood Drive, she thought it would be a great way to spend her Friday afternoon.

“I think that’s good if i can help somebody that has my type of blood," said Walsh. "Like they say it’s the gift of life and that’s the best gift you can give.”

If you couldn't make it to the donation center on Friday, the Red Cross Donation Center in Greenville will host a drive on Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location at 700 Cromwell Drive.

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9 On Your Side asks you to join us for the Caring For Carolina Blood Drive.

The blood drive is taking place Friday, March 14th in four different cities across the east.

You can drop in at the following locations:

Eastern NC Donor Center
700 Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27834
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Washington Waterfront
301 Stewart Parkway
Washington, NC 27889
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fantastic Sam’s
4420 East 10th Street
Greenville, NC 27858
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

New Bern Mall
3134 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard
New Bern, NC 28562
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Jacksonville Commons
500 Talon Dr, Jacksonville, NC 28546

Please join us in Greenville, Jacksonville, New Bern and Washington for the 9 On Your Side Caring for Carolina Blood Drive, on Friday, March 14th.
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