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Red Cross Urges Residents to Give Blood in New Milford on August 15

After issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors in early July, the American Red Cross continues to face an emergency blood shortage. Eligible donors of all blood types are urged to give now.

The Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive in New Milford  on Aug. 15 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m Community Ambulance Corporation, 1 Scovill St.,

As a special thank you, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Litchfield County

Colebrook

Colebrook Community Center, 2 School House Road, on Aug. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Litchfield

Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, on Aug. 7 from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

New Milford

New Milford Community Ambulance, 1 Scovill St., on Aug. 15 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

North Canaan

Geer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 99 South Canaan Road, on Aug. 6 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Thomaston

St. Peter’s Trinity Church, 160 Main St., on July 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winchester

Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Park Place, on Aug. 13 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Woodbury

Woodbury Senior Center, 265 Main St., on Aug. 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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