Donors needed now to prevent a seasonal blood shortage
Submitted by the American Red Cross
Did you know about 62% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood? But, only about 3% does. By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels. Platelet donors are especially needed now.
As a thank-you, all who come to give Aug. 1-31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Donors can schedule an appointment to give using the Red Cross blood donor app, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/fuel for details.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Aug. 10: noon to 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive
Aug. 17: noon to 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive
Aug. 24: noon to 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive
Aug. 25: 1-6 p.m., Main Transit Fire Department, 6777 Main St.
Aug. 31: noon to 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive
Aug. 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., WNY Chapter, 786 Delaware Ave.
Aug. 19: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road
Aug. 22: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rich Products Corp., 1 Robert Rich Way
Aug. 22: 1-6 p.m., William-Emslie Family YMCA, 585 William St.
Aug. 24: 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., New York State Department of Transportation, 100 Seneca St.
Aug. 24: noon to 5 p.m., Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square
Aug. 29: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., University at Buffalo North Student Union
Aug. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buffalo State College-Campbell Student Union, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Aug. 31: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seneca One, 1 Seneca St.
Aug. 26: 12:45-4 p.m., Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place
Aug. 30: 1-6 p.m., St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Father Weber Center, 1700 N. French Road
Aug. 16: 1-6 p.m., Grand Island Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road
Aug. 11: 12:30-5:30 p.m., Revive Wesleyan, 4999 McKinley Parkway
Aug. 16: 1-6 p.m., VFW Post 1419, 2985 Lakeview Road
Aug. 31: 1:30-6:30 p.m., Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St.
Aug. 26: noon to 6 p.m., St. Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road
Aug. 17: 1-7 p.m., Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive
Aug. 12: 1-6 p.m., Frontiersman VFW Post 7545, 110 Elgin St.
Aug. 23: 1-6 p.m., Union Fire Co., 1845 Union Road
Aug. 13: 7 a.m. to noon, St Gregory the Great-Ministry Center, 100 St. Gregory Court
Aug. 9: 1-6 p.m., The Dale Association Inc., 33 Ontario St.
Aug. 15: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Dale Association Inc., 33 Ontario St.
Aug. 23: 1-6 p.m., The Dale Association Inc., 33 Ontario St.
Aug. 22: 1-6 p.m., Middleport Firehall, 28 Main St.
Aug. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elks Lodge No. 346, 7710 Buffalo Ave.
Aug. 23: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pinnacle Community Services, 1522 Main St.
Aug. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, 1900 Military Road
Aug. 24: noon to 5 p.m., Gratwick Fire House Co. No. 6, 110 Ward Road
Blood Drive Safety
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.
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.
Amplify Your Impact − Volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. For more information or to apply, contact [email protected], call 716-886-7500, or visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow on Twitter at @RedCross.