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 RedCrossBlood.org, 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 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.
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.