The American Red Cross of Southwestern NY would like to thank all those who show a dedication and commitment to help save lives in our community by donating at local blood drives this summer.
However, in June, blood donations were down more than 10 percent across the country, with 50,000 fewer pints of blood than expected. This is almost half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory than there was this time last year. Every day, the American Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
By making an effort to donate blood, individuals can make a significant impact in someone's life. Blood and platelets are needed for many different kinds of patients. It could be the little girl with a rare blood disorder, a family member fighting cancer or a friend involved in a car accident. A supply shortage means that blood may not be available when it's needed most. Below is a list of upcoming blood drives in July. Anyone who would like to donate should call 1-800-REDCROSS to sign up. The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York is a United Way agency.
Monday, July 9 - Westfield, Eason Hall auditorium, 23 Elm Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18 - Sherman, lower level of Stanley Hose Company, 122 Park Street from 2 to 8 p.m.