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Sono Blood Donors Will Receive $5 Amazon Gift Card

 Urgent need for blood and platelet donations

Donate by Dec. 19 and receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors from Sono to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more. Locations in and around Sono are:

towndatetimelocationaddress
Bridgeport12/19/20187:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Bridgeport Hospital267 Grant Street
Darien12/14/20181 p.m. - 6 p.m.First Congregational Church of Darien14 Brookside Road
Easton12/6/20181 p.m. - 6 p.m.Easton Community Center364 Sport Hill Road
Fairfield12/5/20181:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.Gaelic American Club74 Beach Road
Fairfield12/13/20181 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.Grace United Methodist Church1089 Fairfield Woods Road
Fairfield12/19/20189 a.m. - 2 p.m.Congregation Beth El1200 Fairfield Woods Road
Greenwich12/1/20188 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.First Presbyterian Church1 West Putnam Ave
Greenwich12/8/20188 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.Greenwich Public Safety Complex/New Greenwich Police Department11 Bruce Place
Greenwich12/12/201811:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Greenwich Town Hall101 Field Point Road
New Canaan12/5/201811 a.m. - 4 p.m.New Canaan Library151 Main Street
Norwalk11/27/20188 a.m. - 1 p.m.Norwalk City HallEast Avenue
Norwalk11/30/20187:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.Merritt Seven/Venture,L.L.C Building 301449 Main Ave
Norwalk12/12/201811 a.m. - 4 p.m.Avalon - East Norwalk8 Norden Place
Norwalk12/14/20188 a.m. - 1 p.m.Norwalk Hospital34 Maple Street
Ridgefield12/15/20188:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.Ridgefield Supply29 Prospect Street
Stamford11/30/201811 a.m. - 4 p.m.Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy4 Largo Drive S
Stamford12/8/20188 a.m. - 1 p.m.Tully Health Center32 Strawberry Hill Court
Stamford12/15/20188 a.m. - 1 p.m.St Cecilia Catholic Church1184 Newfield Ave.
Weston12/5/20189 a.m. - 2 p.m.Norfield ChurchNorfield Road

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive 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.)

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

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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