Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends
With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.
While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.
Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.
With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31
8/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Municipal Center, 1 School Street
8/13/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue
8/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue
8/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Brookfield, 160 Whisconier Road
8/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue
8/19/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church International, Gethsemane Baptist Church International, 8 Delay Street
8/19/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension
8/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 18 Clapboard Ridge Rd.
8/29/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital RSM, 24 Hospital Avenue
8/21/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road
8/13/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Whole Foods, 350 Grasmere Avenue
8/14/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road
8/16/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road
8/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road
8/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Walgreens, 55 Westport Avenue
8/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street
8/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Mary's School, 183 High Ridge Avenue
8/17/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ridgefield Supply, 29 Prospect Street
8/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walgreens, 1333 E Putnam Avenue
8/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Catherine's Church, 4 Riverside Avenue
8/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road
8/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive S
8/22/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Deloitte, 695 East Main Street
8/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court
8/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sportsplex-Stamford, 49 Brownhouse Rd
8/16/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Health Department Stratford, 468 Birdseye Street
8/30/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 West Broad Street
8/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road
8/30/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Norfield Church, Norfield Road
8/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.