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Red Cross Issue Urgent Need for Blood, Sono Donation Times Listed Below

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.

Sono residents can donate blood at these times:

DatePlaceAddress
2/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Darien Library1441 Post Road, Darien
2/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.First Congregational Church of Darien14 Brookside Road, Darien
1/23/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Thomas Braun Orthodontics427 Stillson Road Suite 12, Fairfield
1/25/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.YMCA841 Old Post Road, Fairfield
2/5/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.Whole Foods350 Grasmere Avenue, Fairfield
2/8/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Greenfield Hill Congregational Church1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield
2/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.Fairfield University Student Center1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
2/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.Fairfield University1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
2/14/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.St. Paul's Episcopal Church661 Old Post Road, Fairfield
2/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.New Canaan Library151 Main Street, New Canaan
2/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.Avalon - East Norwalk8 Norden Place, Norwalk
2/8/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Norwalk Hospital34 Maple Street, Norwalk
2/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Jewish Community Center1035 Newfield Avenue, Ridgeway
2/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.Norwalk Community College188 Richards Avenue, South Norwalk
1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Tully Health Center32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford
1/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.Agudath Sholom synagogue301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford
2/9/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Tully Health Center32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford
2/15/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.YMCA404 Danbury Road, Wilton

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.

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