Annual Junior League of Roanoke Valley blood drive this weekend

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Roanoke (JLRV) – The Junior League of Roanoke Valley, Inc. (JLRV) has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host its 15thannual blood drive, "Have a Heart," on Saturday, March 25th at Grandin Court Baptist Church in the MAC Center.  Donation hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Platelet donors and blood donors of all types, especially type O negative, are urged to give at an area blood drive or donation center.

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"The need for blood and platelets is constant. Across the Appalachian Region, the Red Cross needs to collect 200 to 250 units of blood each day to keep up with the demand to support hospital patients in need," said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager, Appalachian Red Cross Blood Services Region.

To pre-register for the blood drive, donors can use the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit, use the zip code 24015 and sponsor code juniorleague. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water.

About the Junior League of Roanoke Valley

Organized in 1926, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley is a volunteer organization for women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Roanoke Valley is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International. The AJLI, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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