The Fayetteville FireAntz will be fighting for blood — off the ice — to help increase the community’s blood supply for the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center.

January is National Blood Donor month and the FireAntz and the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center need everyone’s help. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. The community’s blood supply feels the impact of the shortage of donors, especially during January, so the FireAntz are urging people to take some time during this month to help give the gift of life.

Approximately every two seconds, someone needs blood. Five million Americans would die each year without it and the only place to get this precious resource is from volunteer blood donors. All the blood donated to the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center stays in the community to save local patients with cancer and other diseases, organ transplant recipients, surgical patients, neonatal patients and accident victims.

Every pint of blood donated saves up to three lives. This small act of kindness helps in such a tremendous way. In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, the Blood Donor Center is giving donors a fiery red tumbler, while supplies last.

Every month, Cape Fear Valley Health transfuses about 1,100 units of blood to their patients. Sixty percent of people are eligible to donate blood but less than fi ve percent actually do. There is a need for additional healthy, volunteer donors to join the ranks of those who already give of themselves so generously. Donating blood is a safe, simple and an easy way to help your friends, family and neighbors.

Friday, Jan. 13, is Blood Donor Night at the FireAntz game. The Blood Donor Center will be at the game giving out information and answering questions about donating blood or platelets. We will hand out the annual Blood Donor Center poster that night with some of your favorite Fayetteville FireAntz on it. 01-11-12-fire-antz.jpg

After the game, fans have a chance to meet and greet the FireAntz and get autographs from their favorite players, courtesy of the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center.

The Fayetteville FireAntz will be at some of the different donation sites throughout the season. There will also be some of your Fayetteville FireAntz players at Methodist University on Wednesday, Feb.1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come out either of those days to give blood, see your favorite FireAntz player and get entered to win tickets to a future Fayetteville FireAntz hockey game.

It takes the entire community’s support to fight for our patients; team up with the FireAntz and the Blood Donor Center to fight for blood!

Photo: Team up with the FireAntz and the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center.

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