Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer

 

DEDHAM, Mass (August 7, 2017) – The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

 

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

 

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*

 

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-31

 

Essex County

 

Andover

8/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Augustine Church, 35 Essex Street

 

Danvers

8/15/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/16/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/17/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/18/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/19/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/20/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/21/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/22/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/23/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/24/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/25/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/26/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/27/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/28/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/29/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/30/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

8/31/2017: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Danvers Blood Donation Center, 99 Rosewood Drive

 

Georgetown

8/28/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Georgetown VFW, 435 Andover St.

 

Gloucester

8/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jalapeno’s Restaurant, 2 Dale St, Sawyer Free Library back parking lot

8/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave

 

Groveland

8/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Town Hall, 183 Main Street

 

Haverhill

8/18/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., All Saints Parish, 120 Bellevue Avenue, Rt. 97

 

Ipswich

8/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., John T Heard Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Road

 

Merrimac

8/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main Street

 

Methuen

8/16/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway

8/26/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, 70 East Street

8/29/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway

 

Newburyport

8/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low Street

 

North Andover

8/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Edgewood Retirement Community Center, 575 Osgood Street

 

Peabody

8/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Peabody YMCA, 259 Lynnfield Street

 

Salem

8/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby Street

 

Saugus

8/31/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Blessed Sacrament, 14 Summer Street

 

 

Middlesex County

 

Acton

8/24/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Church, 89 Arlington Street

 

Arlington

8/22/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Arlington Knights of Columbus, 15 Winslow Street

 

Belmont

8/28/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Ave.

 

Burlington

8/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.

8/16/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lincoln Property Company, 1 Van de Graaff Drive

8/18/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road

8/22/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.

8/29/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.

 

Cambridge

8/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 65 Binney Street

8/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street

8/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Building 200, 200 Technology Square

 

Dracut

8/28/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dracut Library, 28 Arlington Street

 

East Pepperell

8/22/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW, 55 Leighton Street – Route 113

 

Framingham

8/23/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road

8/23/2017: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road

8/24/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road

8/26/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Columbus Club, 11 Fountain St

8/30/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lincoln Property Company, 492 Old Connecticut Path

 

Hopkinton

8/15/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St.

 

Lexington

8/18/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Avalon at Lexington Hills, 1000 Main Campus Drive

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Bedford Street

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road

 

Marlboro

8/23/2017: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Marlboro Masonic Hall, 8 Newton Street

 

Marlborough

8/15/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marlboro Moose Club, 67 Fitchburg St

8/16/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Western Digital, 200 Donald Lynch Blv

 

Medford

8/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue

8/26/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., York Kia of Medford, 60 Mystic Ave

 

Melrose

8/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Post 2394, 14 Chipman Avenue

8/28/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW, 428 Main Street

 

Natick

8/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street

8/29/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Natick Elks, 95 Speen Street

 

Newton

8/16/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St

8/21/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Whole Foods Newtonville, 647 Washington Street

 

Newton Highlands

8/15/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Whole Foods Newton, 916 Walnut Street

 

North Chelmsford

8/21/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Chelmsford American Legion, 90 Groton Road

 

North Reading

8/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., North Reading Moose, 140 North Street

 

Reading

8/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Good Samartin Lodge, AF & AM, 110 Haven Street

 

Shirley

8/16/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Community Resources for Justice, 2 Shaker Road, Unit D221

 

Somerville

8/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Somerville Police Station, 220 Washington Street

 

Tewksbury

8/24/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Post 8164 Tewksbury, 87 Vernon Street

 

Wakefield

8/15/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hobbs Brook Management, 701 Edgewater Dr

8/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street

 

Waltham

8/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pro Sports Therapy, Pro Sports Therapy, 840 Winter St

8/31/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., CBRE/New England, 200 Fifth Avenue

 

West Newton

8/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Walttham Street

 

Westford

8/22/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Rd

8/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Whole Foods, 160 Littleton Road

 

Wilmington

8/24/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 112 Middlesex ave.

 

Winchester

8/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Ave

 

Woburn

8/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lowe’s Woburn, 15 Commerce Way

8/29/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., New Horizons at Choate, 21 Warren Avenue

 

Community partners play vital role in maintaining the blood supply

The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses, such as Suburban Propane.

 

As a proud national sponsor of the Red Cross Blood Services, Suburban Propane hosts blood drives throughout the year, encourages its employees and customers to donate during the challenging summer months, and provides employee volunteers across the country in one of the largest nationwide corporate volunteer efforts in support of the Red Cross Blood Services. Suburban Propane also supports a summer public awareness advertising campaign to educate people about the constant need for blood and platelet donations.

 

To become a community partner by hosting a Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

 

How to help

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.

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact <insert local contact information > or visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

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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