Fairfield Harbour Hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, June 14

Local Boating and Golf Community Partners with American Red Cross for Upcoming Donation Event

New Bern, NC, June 06, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Fairfield Harbour (http://www.fhpoa.com), a residential boating and golf community located 15 minutes from historic New Bern, has announced that it will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center and Firehouse, located at 585 Broad Creek Road. All participating donors will receive a Chick-Fil-A coupon. The American Red Cross works with more than 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year to hold approximately 200,000 blood drives nationwide. Donations make it possible for the Red Cross to provide blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the United States.

In the summertime, many regular blood and platelet donors do not devote the same amount of time to contribute, due to schools being closed and increased family travel and vacation plans. This shortfall often leaves the Red Cross with half of the readily available blood products on hand. This is why the Red Cross is calling on all of the community’s eligible blood donors – more than ever – to donate as soon as possible in order to meet patient demand this summer. Prior to donation, all donors should drink plenty of water and eat plenty of iron-rich foods.

To schedule an appointment with the Red Cross or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.

“We are looking forward to hosting the upcoming blood drive, as it will serve as a wonderful and necessary way for our community to give back to those in need,” said Mystre’ Van Horn, on-site community manager for Fairfield Harbour. “With an increase in donations required for this time of year, we strongly support the American Red Cross and its mission to provide compassionate care to individuals in need, as one donation can help save the lives of up to three people. We encourage those who live near Fairfield Harbour to participate in this worthy community event and help prevent a blood shortage.”

“With summer often comes busier schedules and travel,” said Kristen Willis, Representative II for The Red Cross Donor Recruitment Department. “It is important, especially in the summer, for people to remember that the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Therefore, it is important to always donate, not just when a natural disaster happens, but because this is a good practice to ensure that blood product will be readily available to patients, both locally and nationwide.”

About Fairfield Harbour:
Established in 1975, Fairfield Harbour is a boating and golf community located 15 minutes from historic New Bern, North Carolina. Residents living in this recreational, resort and retirement community have access to numerous social networks as well as a 75-acre manmade harbor along the Neuse River that lies only 18 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway. Fairfield Harbour is located on more than 2,000 acres and includes more than 1,300 privately-owned single family homes, 144 condominiums and 24 townhouses. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Fairfield Harbour and its residents actively support more than 75 nonprofit groups in the region, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Tryon Palace, Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and Coastal Women’s Shelter. Community Association Services (CAS, Inc.), which is led by John Stone, president, serves as the professional management company for Fairfield Harbour. Fairfield Harbour was most recently named “Community of the Year” by the Community Association Institute of North Carolina. For more information about Fairfield Harbour, visit http://www.fhpoa.com.

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 http://www.redcross.org or join the blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Kathleen Donnelly
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600
Fairfield Harbour
Robert Buhler
919 233 6600