The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
The American Red Cross announces its Blood Drive schedule for July:
July 21 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at The American Legion, 2 High Street, Norfolk
July 22 from 11;30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at The Ogdensburg Knights of Columbus, 721 Hasbrouck, Ogdensburg
July 23 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at The St. Lawrence Centre, 6100 State Route 37, Massena
July 29 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at The Canton Fire Station II, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton