Red Cross seeks blood donations

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Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for patients with blood disorders, trauma victims and those experiencing difficult childbirths, notes a release from the American Red Cross.

In thanks for helping boost the blood supply, all who come to give through Thursday, May 19, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and will also be automatically entered to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Details are available at rcblood.org/camper. Those who come to give May 20-31 will receive a 20-ounce Red Cross aluminum water bottle and customizable sticker set, while supplies last.

Donors can help save a life in just an hour. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cleveland — Tuesday, May 24, 1 to 6 p.m., Bethel Community Fellowship, 240 Route 49;

Clinton — Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Schilling Burns Young Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 959, 48 Franklin Ave.

Mohawk — Tuesday, May 17, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, 71 E. Main St.;

Morrisville — Friday, May 27, 1 to 6 p.m., Morrisville Community Church, 3824 Swamp Road;

Oneida — Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Holy Cross Academy, 4020 Barrington Road; Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oneida Community Blood Drive, 159 Main St.;

Oriskany — Friday, May 20, noon to 5 p.m., American Legion, 7908 Route 69;

Rome — Friday, May 20, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Rome Family YMCA, 301 W Bloomfield St.; Friday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.; and

Wampsville — Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Madison County Employees, 138 N. Court St.

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason.

The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit it on Twitter at @RedCross.

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