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
BURLINGTON, VT (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
1/22/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall, 3279 Route 7
1/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Legion Middlebury, 49 Wilson Rd.
1/20/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Middlebury College – McCullough Hall, 14 Old Chapel Road
1/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St.
1/13/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street
1/23/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., VFW Lyndonville, 156 Hill St.
1/25/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lyndon State College Rita Bole Gym, 1001 College Road
1/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave
1/20/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., University of Vermont Waterman Building, So. Prospect St.
1/28/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue
1/19/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saint Michaels College Dion Student Center, Winooski Park
1/28/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Ln
1/16/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way
1/31/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way
1/13/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Jude’s Parish Hall, Route 116
1/17/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Ann’s Parish Center, 41 Main Street
1/26/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John Vianney Parish Hall, St John Vianney Parish Hall, 160 Hinesburg Road
1/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., My Web Grocer, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way
1/22/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northwestern Medical Center, 133 Fairfield Street
1/15/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW, 28 Pleasant Street
1/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stowe Area Assoc., 51 Main Street
1/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., United Church of Chelsea, 13 North Common
1/28/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Dr
1/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 250 Main Street
1/21/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lake Region Union High School, 317 Lake Region Road
1/19/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clarendon Elementary School, 84 Grange Hall Rd
1/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church, 2190 Route 7
1/27/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Green Mountain College, 1 College Circle
1/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Poultney High School, 154 East Main St.
1/23/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Run Mall Place
1/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Modern Woodmen of America, 133 vermont route 30
1/11/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Barre ELKS, 10 Jefferson Street
1/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 US Route 2
1/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St
1/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thatcher Brook School, 47 Stowe Street
1/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bellows Falls Community, 8 School Street
1/21/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vermont Law, 164 Chelsea St
1/15/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion, 4 Court Street
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.
*Dunkin’ Donor Cards are redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations. Dunkin’ Donor Cards are non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.