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Please give now: Donors needed to protect Red Cross blood supply

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Tue, Jun 11th 2024 09:45 am

Come to help save lives and get a $15 e-gift card through June 30

By the American Red Cross

As World Blood Donor Day approaches on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the past several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.

Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected to persist all season long, which may prevent donors from being able to give. When fewer people donate, less blood is available for hospital patients.

Make a blood or platelet donation a priority this summer. Book a time to give now by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross blood donor app.

World Blood Donor Day

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply, and to recognize volunteer blood donors. This is the perfect time to give, especially for those who haven’t given in a while, or who have never given before.

Those who come to give June 10-30 will get a $15 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. See RedCrossBlood.org/DoGood for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Erie County

•Buffalo

√ June 12: noon to 6 p.m., WNY Chapter, 786 Delaware Ave.

√ June 13: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 565 Abbott Road

√ June 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Delevan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave.

√ June 19: 12:30-5:30 p.m., Kenilworth Fire Department Co. No. 1, 84 Hawthorne Ave.

√ June 25: 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Travelers Insurance, 60 Lakefront Blvd.

√ June 25: 1-6 p.m., Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway

√ June 27: 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Veterans Affairs Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave.

•Elma

√ June 27: 1-6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 1230 Bowen Road

•Kenmore

√ June 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kenmore Mercy Hospital, 2950 Elmwood Ave.

•Lancaster

√ June 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lancaster Community, Lancaster PAC building, 12 W. Main St.

•Marilla

√ June 29: 8 a.m. to noon, Marilla Fire Hall, 1940 West Ave.

•Orchard Park

√ June 14: 1-6 p.m., St. Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road

•Springville

√ June 19: 1-7 p.m., Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive

•West Seneca

√ June 18: 1-6 p.m., Union Fire Co., 1845 Union Road

Niagara County

•Lewiston

√ June 12: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1, 145 N. Sixth St.

•Lockport

√ June 11: 1-6 p.m., The Dale Association Inc., 33 Ontario St.

√ June 26: 1-6 p.m., South Lockport Fire Co. Firehall, 5666 Transit Road

•Middleport

√ June 17: noon to 5 p.m., Middleport Firehall, 28 Main St.

•Newfane

√ June 10: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Newfane Town Hall Community Center, 2737 Main St.

•Niagara Falls

√ June 22: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St John de LaSalle, 8477 Buffalo Ave.

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.

More about the American Red Cross

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 us on social media.

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