Give program promotes Blood Donor Day June 14

Published Jun 13, 2016 at 4:00pm

The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14. 

“I am proud to team up with the Nexcare Give Program each year, with the mission of sparking a critical dialogue around the vital need for blood donation,” Nexcare Give spokesperson Taylor said in a statement.

“For me, the cause is also a personal one. Following a car accident 15 years ago that left me in critical condition, the efforts of the American Red Cross and their brave donors saved my life. In honor of World Blood Donor Day, I am sharing my story and encouraging people around the world to support blood donation, inspiring their friends and families to join the cause.”

This is the eighth year that the Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages have partnered for the Nexcare Give program. To honor those who “give” around the world, Nexcare Bandages has developed a limited-edition collection of bandages with the theme “Feel the Beat, Give Blood,” featuring five vibrant dance-inspired designs reflecting different styles and cultures from around the globe.

The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross through June 14.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. 

Donors of all blood types are currently needed. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, go online to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Utica Blood Donation Center

4685 Commerical Dr.

New Hartford, NY 13413

Monday-Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday: 7 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Clinton

June 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hamilton College Wellness Program, 198 College Hill Road.

New Hartford

June 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. George Orthodox Church, 350 Higby Rd.

Old Forge

June 18, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Town of Webb Park Ave Building, 130 Park Ave.

Rome

June 21, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., YMCA, 301 W. Bloomfield St.

June 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St John’s Lutheran Church, 502 West Chestnut St.

Utica

June 20, 12- 5 p.m., American Legion Post 229, 409 Herkimer Rd.

June 22, 1- 6 p.m., Schuyler Commons 55+ Independent Living, 1776 Independence Square

Vernon

June 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Sconondoa Sherrill Masonic Lodge, 5211 W. Seneca St.

Verona

June 29, 12:30- 5:30 p.m., Verona First Presbyterian Church, Main St.

Whitesboro

Today, June 13, noon- 4 p.m., American Legion Post 1113 Whitesboro, 110 Main St.

How to donate blood

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.

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.