Donate blood through the Red Cross in final weeks of summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage.

Blood donations often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. On average, during the summer months, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed.

Donations are needed now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Donors with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to donate. Plasma from type AB donors can be transfused to patients of any blood type, as can type O negative blood. Type B negative and A negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. These are the most in demand blood types and are in constant need.

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

8/17/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street

8/18/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., FSW Inc, 475 Clinton Ave

Brookfield Center

8/25/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Congregational Church of Brookfield, 160 Whisconier Road

Danbury

8/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Crowne Plaza, 18 Old Ridgebury Road

Darien

8/26/2015: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Fairfield

8/26/2015: 1 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road

Ridgefield

8/18/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.

Shelton

8/25/2015: 7 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Dianon Systems, 1 Forest Parkway

Stamford

8/22/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

8/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

8/28/2015: 1:45 p.m. – 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 West Broad Street

Trumbull

8/19/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

8/19/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Affinion Group – Trumbull, 40 Oakview Drive

8/28/2015: 11:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Cooper Surgical, 95 Corporate Drive

8/30/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., VFW Post 10059, 1 Veterans Circle

8/31/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street

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 (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, visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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