Red Cross has emergency need for blood donations


With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross says it has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

Appointments to donate blood may be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by giving through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31:

Rome: Monday, Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., St Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford St.; Tuesday, Aug. 20, 12:30-5:30 p.m., YMCA Rome, 301 W. Bloomfield St.; Friday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.

Lee Center: Friday, Aug. 16, 12:30-5:30 p.m., 5808 Stokes Lee Center Road

Oriskany: Friday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bonide, 6301 Sutliff Road

Sauquoit: Thursday, Aug 29, 1-6 p.m., Sauquoit Fire Dept., 9531 Pinnacle Road

Sherrill: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 12:30-5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 230, 168 E. Seneca St.

Utica: Thursday, Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oneida County Office Building, 800 Park Ave.

Verona: Friday, Aug. 30, 2-7 p.m., St Peters Lutheran Church, 4897 Old Oneida Road

Waterville: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2-7 p.m., Waterville Village Hall, 122 Barton Ave.

Blood Donation Center, 4685 Commercial Dr., New Hartford, Monday and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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