News Maker Lisa Wilt on the VT blood drive Mon. 4/18

Monday Apr. 18 is the date of this year’s annual Virginia Tech (VT) Memorial Blood Drive.

We spoke to the Donor Recruiter Manager for the Red Cross Lisa Wilt about the opportunity in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Lisa tells us the drive is almost full but she reminds us to check the website daily before the event to see if any appointments have reopened.

By using the zip code 22601 at you can check on appointment opportunities.

Lisa also reminds us that we need to be sure to cancel our appointments if you can’t make it.

Canceling the appointment opens the opportunity for someone else to give.

Lisa also tells us of the incentives to give at a blood drive if saving a life isn’t enough incentive.

Click here for Lisa’s interview.

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Am. Red Cross in urgent need of blood donors

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The American Red Cross reports a 10 percent drop in donations nationwide.

There is an urgent need for donors the current low supply affects the supply at local hospitals nationwide and here in our Lord Fairfax Health District as well.

It is believed the drop in donation is due to a number factors weather being one and the pandemic another.

There are several blood drives next week in our area including next Fri. Jan. 21 at the Front Royal American Legion and Jan. 25 at Front Royal Fire Hall.

You could set an appointment right now using the zip code 22630 at

Any appointment can also be made close to your home using your zip code at

Appointments can be made well into the future as well with donors able to give every 56 days.

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