The joy of the holiday season is best experienced when giving back. CaroMont
Health and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) will host the 10
th annual Puppies for Patients blood drive on Monday, December 8 from 7a.m.
to 7p.m. in the Auditorium at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, 2525 Court
Drive in Gastonia. Each donor will be invited to sign a gift tag to attach
to a stuffed puppy. Puppies are delivered to pediatric patients at CaroMont
Regional Medical Center through December 31, 2014, with the hope of bringing
joy to a much-deserving child during the holidays.
To kick off the Puppies for Patients program, CBCC delivered stuffed puppies
to pediatric patients in the Birthplace and the Pediatric Unit at CaroMont
Regional on Tuesday. First delivery stop, the Birthplace where Mandi and
Hoy Colson welcomed their second child, Emma Elizabeth Colson, into their
lives on Sunday at 12:57 p.m.
“She was nine pounds, 14 ounces,” said Hoy Colson. “She’s
bigger than a Thanksgiving turkey.”
Both parents are music teachers at Burns High School in Cherryville, so
they think there’s a good chance baby Elizabeth will be musically inclined.
Cambrie Kinkaid, one year old, was a little shy at first, but as soon as
some of the crowd left, she managed to give her puppy a big embrace.
The need for blood is ongoing and it is especially challenging to meet
this need during the holiday season. CBCC is the primary blood supplier
to the region’s patients and hospitals serving residents who live
within 16 NC counties, including CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Blood
donated with CBCC stays here. Every drop goes to the local patients in
the hospitals that they serve.
Those interested in donating blood on Dec. 8 can schedule their appointment
in advance by logging onto
www.cbcc.us (Click on donate and enter sponsor code: CRMC). Please donate blood and
give the best holiday gift of all – life!
Blood Facts & Figures
Source: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, http://www.cbcc.us/blood-education/facts-figures.
1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.
1 pint is all that’s need to save 3 lives.
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
The whole blood donation process from registration to cookies typically
takes about an hour.
Over 90 percent of people will need a blood transfusion during their lives.
Cancer patients are the number one recipient of blood products.
You can donate whole blood every 56 days, platelets every 14 days or Double
Red Cells every 112 days.