Red Cross urges blood donations this summer

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types — especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center: Fairfield County Donor Center, 596 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-6:30; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Additional blood donation opportunities:

Bridgeport

July 16, 8:30-1:30, Municipal City Hall Margaret Morton Govt Ctr Bridgeport, 999 Broad Street

July 23, 1-6:30, Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue

July 28, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

Fairfield

July 16, 1:30-7, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1719 Post Road

Greenwich

July 22, 8-4, Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road

Monroe

July 25, 8-1:15, Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road

New Canaan

July 21, 1-6:30, First Presbyterian Church, 178 Oenoke Ridge

Norwalk

July 17, 8-1, Norwalk Hospital, Maple Street

July 22, 11:15-4:15, JCI and WEB Realty, 25 Van Zant Street

July 27, 8-1, Norwalk City Hall, East Avenue

Shelton

July 17, 8-1:45, R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

July 23, 11-4, Sports Center Connecticut, 784 River Road

July 31, 1-6:15, Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

Stamford

July 5, 8-1, Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

July 29, 7:45-1:30, First Stamford Place, 300 First Stamford Place

Trumbull

July 16, 1-6, St Joseph Center, 6448 Main Street

July 29, 1-6, Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitredcrossblood.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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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