WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. — The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to choose a day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply.
Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give. In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations is constant.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
- Greenburgh: Tuesday, June 16, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Town of Greenburgh, 177 Hillside Ave (Route 100).
- Scarsdale: Thursday, June 18, 1-6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 40 Bell Road.
- White Plains: Friday, June 19, 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 N. Broadway.
Montrose; Tuesday, June 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Healthcare System Building 15, Route 9A.
North Salem: Wednesday, June 24, noon-6 p.m., North Salem Firehouse, 301 Titicus Road.
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