New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities through Jan. 31, 2016

Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a winter shortage

All those who come to give blood or platelets in January will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card in celebration of National Blood Donor Month

MANCHESTER, NH (Jan. 11, 2016) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“A decline in the blood supply after the winter holidays is not uncommon, but it can be replenished when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Mary Brant, communications manager for the Red Cross Northern New England Blood Services Region. “We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood.”

For the ninth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are partnering in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Blood Donor Month. Through the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.*

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations during the winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause donors to be temporarily unable to give.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate for patients like Pyper Young, now 7 years old. The chemotherapy that treated Pyper’s brain cancer also caused her to need emergency transfusions to increase her blood levels. The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients like Pyper.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Belknap

Belmont

1/26/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 96 Main Street

Center Harbor

1/29/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Center Harbor Congregational Church, 52 Main Street

Gilford

1/20/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 500 Gilford Avenue

Laconia

1/19/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Woodside Building, 227 Ledges Drive

1/23/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Penny Pitou Travel, 55 Canal Street

Meredith

1/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo, 300 NH Rt. 25, PO Box 237

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Carroll

Sanbornville

1/16/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saint Anthony’s Church, 251 Meadow Street

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Cheshire

Keene

1/12/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel, 401 Winchester Street

1/13/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cheshire Medical Center, 580 Court Street

1/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Southwestern Comm. Svcs.-Keene, 63 Community Way

1/23/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Best Western Plus Sovereign Hotel, 401 Winchester Street

Winchester

1/23/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Auxillary, 5 South Main street

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Coos

Berlin

1/14/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road

Lancaster

1/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Colonel Town Community Center, 16 High Street

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Grafton

Bristol

1/26/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Chapel, 2 West Shore Road, West Shore Road and NH 3A

Lebanon

1/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive

1/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, 10 Alice Peck Day Drive

Plymouth

1/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Common Man Inn, 231 Main Street

Woodsville

1/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cottage Hospital, 90 Swiftwater Road

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Hillsborough

Amherst

1/29/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3 Craftsman Lane

Goffstown

1/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anselm College Carr Center, 87 St. Anselm Drive

Hillsborough

1/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 538 West Main Street

Hudson

1/19/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central Street

Manchester

1/14/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dept of Public Health, Manchester Department of Public Health, 1528 Elm St

1/14/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Manchester Public Library, Manchester Public Library, 405 Pine St

1/14/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Manchester Police Department, Manchester Police Department, 405 Valley St

1/14/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., City Hall Plaza, City Hal Plaza, 900 Elm St 5th Floor

1/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Elliot Hospital, One Elliot Way

1/23/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ste Marie’s Parish, 378 Notre Dame Ave.

Merrimack

1/19/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road

Milford

1/14/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way

Nashua

1/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive

1/13/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist, 20 Robinson Rd.

1/21/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Hwy

1/26/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Hwy

New Boston

1/26/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Whipple Free Library, 67 Mont Vernon Road

Pelham

1/28/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 12 Main St.

1/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Town of Pelham Fire Dept, 36 Village Green

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Merrimack

Allenstown

1/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church, 10 School St.

Boscawen

1/11/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Merrimack County Department of Corrections, 314 Daniel Webster Highway

1/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boscawen Town Hall, 14 High Street

Concord

1/11/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Rd.

1/11/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Hampshire Department of Safety, 33 Hazen Drive

1/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul’s School Athletic Building, Dunbarton Road

1/27/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., IBEW Local 490, 48 Airport Road

Contoocook

1/18/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive

Epsom

1/29/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Epsom Fire Station, 1714 Dover Rd.

Franklin

1/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bessie C. Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive

Warner

1/15/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Church of Warner, 45 East Main Street

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Rockingham

Brentwood

1/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 197 Middle Road

Derry

1/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road

1/22/2016: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Calvary Bible Church of Derry, 145 Hampstead Road

Exeter

1/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Congregational Church in Exeter, 21 Front Street

1/25/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Access Sports Medicine, 1 Hampton Rd.

Fremont

1/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fremont Public Library, 7 Jackie Bernier Drive

Hampstead

1/20/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hampstead Academy, 320 East Road

Hampton

1/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Rd

Kingston

1/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane

Londonderry

1/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Londonderry Lions Hall, 256 Mammoth Road

1/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 1 South Road

1/29/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Londonderry United Methodist Church, 258 Mammoth Road

Newington

1/18/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Redhook Brewery, 35 Corporate Drive

Northwood

1/13/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Coe-Brown Academy, 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike

Plaistow

1/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Plaistow Community YMCA, 175 Plaistow Rd.

Portsmouth

1/11/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., North Church Parish House, 355 Spinney Road

1/19/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Keller Williams Coastal Realty, Keller Williams Costal Realty, 750 Lafayette Rd

1/21/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel & Suites, 580 US Hwy 1 Bypass

1/25/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Seacoast Repertory Theater, 125 Bow Street

Raymond

1/15/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Raymond Baptist Church, 145 Manchester Road, Rte 27, GPS: 145 Route 27

Salem

1/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Salem, 3 Geremonty Drive

1/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main St.

Seabrook

1/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity United Church Parish House, 29 Main Street

1/30/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sam’s Club Seabrook, 11 Batcheldor Road

South Hampton

1/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Hampton Town Hall, 3 Hilldale Ave

Windham

1/28/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Windham Presbyterian Church, 1 Church Rd.

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Strafford

Dover

1/15/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Johns United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Avenue

1/21/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Langdon Place of Dover, 60 Middle Road

1/24/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Mary Church, 25 Chestnut Street

1/26/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Dover Moose Hall, 45 Chestnut Street

1/27/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wentworth Douglass Business Offices, 121 Broadway

1/28/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Riverside Rest Home-Dover, 276 County Farm Road

1/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wentworth Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Avenue

Farmington

1/20/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Henry Wilson Memorial School, 51 School Drive

Rochester

1/16/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Homemakers Health Services, 215 Rochester Hill Rd

1/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rochester Elks Lodge, 41 Columbus Avenue

1/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Harley-Davidson Shop of Rochester, 7 Crane Drive, Rte 11

Somersworth

1/29/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., City of Somersworth, One Government

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Sullivan

Claremont

1/25/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm Street

1/28/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., River Valley Community College, 1 College Drive

Newport

1/20/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Newport High School, 245 N 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, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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*Dunkin’ Donor Cards are redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Dunkin’ Donor Cards are non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.

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