Manteo Baptist Church partners with American Red Cross for community blood drive

Published 12:25 pm Thursday, April 27, 2023

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Manteo Baptist Church and the American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive on May 1, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manteo Baptist Church Family Life Center located at 406 N. Highway 64 in Manteo.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 252-473-2840 or sign up online at with sponsor code ManteoBC or enter the zip code 27954 and find the event by date.

“Manteo Baptist Church is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Lois Givans, administrative assistant of Manteo Baptist Church and Bonita Hurdle, blood program co-leader. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”

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Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. “The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.”

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs,” stated event organizers. “There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.