Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donors
A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
The Red Cross collected some 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.
Bethel residents can donate blood at these times:
|2/2/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Bethel United Methodist Church||141 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel|
|1/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.||Gethsemane Baptist Church International||8 Delay Street, Danbury|
|1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.||Ann's Place||80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury|
|1/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.||Danbury Fire Department||19 New Street, Danbury|
|2/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.||Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center||Lake Ave, Danbury|
|2/6/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.||Danbury Hospital RSM||24 Hospital Avenue, Danbury|
|2/6/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.||Western CT State University||181 White Street, Danbury|
|2/7/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.||Western CT State University||181 White Street, Danbury|
|2/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.||I.B.E.W. Local 488||721 Main Street, Monroe|
|1/24/2019: 12:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.||St. Patrick's Church||169 Black Rock Tpke, Redding|
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.