Charlotte, NC – November 1, 2018:  Community Blood Center of the Carolinas kicked off its 14th Annual Puppies for Patients program today. The local blood center is asking for the community’s help in bringing smiles to children spending the holidays in local hospitals.

All presenting donors at CBCC’s donation centers and mobile blood drives now through Dec. 31 will have the opportunity to sign a gift tag that will then be attached to a stuffed toy puppy. CBCC will deliver those tagged puppies to children in area hospitals and care facilities during November and December. Since 2005, CBCC has delivered thousands of these stuffed toy puppies to children in an effort to brighten their holidays.

“Every day, selfless donors give the gift of lifesaving blood to thousands of local patients in need. Our annual Puppies for Patients program is a wonderful opportunity to directly connect donors with the brave children spending their holidays in the hospital,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. “None of what we do is possible without the support of donors and sponsors in our community. They are the real heroes that save lives and bring smiles to local pediatric patients during the holiday season.”

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is the local nonprofit blood center and the primary blood supplier to the region’s hospitals. It relies on local organizations to host blood drives and volunteer blood donors to maintain an adequate blood supply for local patients.

Anyone in generally good health, at least 16 years of age, and who weighs at least 120 pounds is eligible to donate blood. Businesses, churches, organizations and schools interested in hosting a blood drive can call Kim Jones 704-972-4727. Those interested in donating blood can do so at a community blood drive or at one of CBCC’s donor centers in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, Greensboro, Hickory or the new Isabella Santos Center in Ballantyne.

To make an appointment at any center or mobile drive, visit or call 1-888-59BLOOD.


About Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is the local nonprofit, community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to the region’s hospitals. CBCC collects blood and blood products from volunteer donors in the community to return to the community at the lowest possible cost consistent with the highest possible standards. CBCC is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers that provide more than 50 percent of the nation’s blood supply. For more information, visit


For more information on hosting a blood drive or donating blood in your area, visit or call 1-888-59BLOOD.


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