Red Cross calls for blood donors before the holiday season
With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood.
“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County Nov. 1-15
11/1/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bethel High School, 300 Whittlesly Drive
11/3/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd.
11/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue
11/6/2017: 12:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension
11/8/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, Westside Campus, Lake Ave.
11/14/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western CT State University, 181 White Street
11/6/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University Student Center, North Benson Road
11/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road
11/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue
11/11/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street
11/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.
11/7/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.
11/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street
11/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue
11/9/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.
11/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive
11/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court
11/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., BJ's Wholesale Club, 955 Ferry Blvd.
11/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Long Hill Baptist Church, 100 Middlebrooks Avenue
11/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cooper Surgical, 95 Corporate Drive
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.