Blood drive coming to Clayton

sgilman@newsobserver.comFebruary 10, 2014 

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Clayton residents will have the chance to help save a life during a blood drive Feb. 18 at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road.

The Red Cross in Johnston County is partnering with FastMed Urgent Care to hold the blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Donors and volunteers will receive a selection of small gifts ranging from first aid kits to pen-sized sanitizing spray. Everyone will also have the chance to enter a raffle drawing.

More than that, they will have the chance to save up to three lives by giving a pint of blood, said Reuel Heyden, marketing director at Fastmed Urgent Care.

“I’ve personally had loved ones that needed to have blood transfusions,” Heyden said. “You know you’re giving back in a very real and tangible way. It doesn’t take long, and it doesn’t hurt.”

FastMed and the Red Cross held a blood drive at the Clayton Community Center last year and collected enough blood to save up to 120 lives, Heyden said. He hopes to see the number top 200 this year.

The blood drive is part of the FastMed Cares Community Outreach program. Along with providing water coolers for school sports teams in the summer, the program provides free flu shots and holds events to get to know members of the community.

To donate blood or volunteer time, email Heyden at or call 919-550-0821, Ext. 1016.

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