Greenville Blood Donation Center accepting platelet donations

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - The Greenville Blood Donation Center will now be accepting more than just blood donations.

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 10, the center, located at 700 Cromwell Dr. in Greenville, will be accepting donations of platelets, the clotting factor in blood that are essential in the treatment of cancer patients and people with certain blood diseases, according to the American Red Cross.

A single donation of platelets can help as many as two critically-ill or injured patients, the Red Cross stated. But platelets are fragile and must be transfused within five days after they are collected from a donor. Because platelets have such a short shelf life, daily collections are required, Red Cross officials said.

Those eligible can donate platelets every seven days, 24 times a year. Call 1-866-353-1030 for more information and to make an appointment.

The Greenville Blood Donation Center offers free Wi-Fi, cable television and movie streaming. November platelet donors will automatically be entered to win a new XBOX One system.

Donation days and times (appointments only):

Sundays:             6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mondays:            6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesdays:           9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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