The Ocracoke School Beta Club and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday and Thursday, March 29 and 30 in the Ocracoke Community Center.

The drive on Thursday will be from noon to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go online to and type in Ocracoke or the zip code 27960 to find this blood drive, or text BLOODAPP to 90999. You may also call the Red Cross rep Bryson Schmidt at 252-343-7297.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community, according to Red Cross information.  

Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

The Red Cross Blood Donor App can also be download from Google Play or the App Store.

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