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Blood drive for Sickle Cell Month

8/29/2014, 6 a.m.

Residents who donate blood or platelets during September in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month will get a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

The American Red Cross is urging donors to give blood in September to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply.

Sickle cell, an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape, affects more than 100,000 people in the United States. Many patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. All blood types are needed.

Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors 18 years and younger have to meet height and weight requirements.

Upcoming blood drives include:

  • Sept. 3 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave. in Decatur.
  • Sept. 5 – 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur.
  • Sept. 7 – 8 a.m.-2 p.m., New Birth Missionary Baptist Lithonia, 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia.

For a complete list and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).