American Red Cross hosts commemorative blood drives in remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombings

 

DEDHAM, Ma. (April 7, 2017)—The American Red Cross joins community leaders to host 3 blood drives in honor of the lives forever changed by the Boston Marathon bombings and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience shown by so many following the attacks.

 

Boston Strong Blood Drive

Saturday, April 15, 2017 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sheraton Boston Hotel – 39 Dalton Street, Boston

 

Watertown Strong Blood Drive

Saturday, April 15, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Watertown High School, 50 Columbia Street, Watertown

 

Stoneham Strong Blood Drive

Thursday, April 27, 2017 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Stoneham, 1 Church Street, Stoneham

 

In April 2013, the Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Volunteers are the only source of blood and platelets for hospital patients in need of transfusions. During National Volunteer Month, the Red Cross encourages eligible blood and platelet donors of all types to donate to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients in need, as they were to many patients in the aftermath of the attacks in Boston.

 

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

 

 

 

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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