Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Feb. 16-29, 2016

Donors urged to help the American Red Cross maintain blood supply

BURLINGTON, VT (February 2, 2016) – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.

During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Donor Loretta Brandon knows how important it is to have a readily available blood supply. Her late husband required transfusions from generous strangers multiple times for health conditions. She gives blood as often as she can. “Every time I give blood, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all I have and for the fact that I can share with others,” she said.

Make an appointment to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Addison

Bristol

2/18/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Mount Abraham High School, 7 Airport Drive

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Chittenden

Burlington

2/22/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue

Essex

2/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

2/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

Richmond

2/24/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Congregational Church, 20 Church Street

Shelburne

2/22/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vermont Teddy Bear Company, 6655 Shelburne Rd.

Williston

2/29/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., PT 360, 426 Industrial Avenue Suite 180

Winooski

2/26/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, 110 West Canal Street

2/27/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Winooski High School, Normand St

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Franklin

Saint Albans

2/29/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St. Albans Community, Collins-Perley Sports Complex, 890 Fairfax Road

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Lamoille

Stowe

2/23/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 728 Mountain Rd

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Orange

Bradford

2/17/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bradford Congregational Church, 245 S. Main Street

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Orleans

Derby

2/23/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Newport Elks Club, 3736 Us Route 5

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Rutland

Brandon

2/17/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brandon Medical Center, 420 Grove Street

Proctor

2/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Union Church, 5 Church Street

Rutland

2/16/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Dr

2/20/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Run Mall Place

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Washington

Barre

2/20/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, 359 N. Main St

Montpelier

2/17/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St

2/29/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St

Northfield

2/25/2016: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive

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Windsor

Ludlow

2/22/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ludlow Community Center, 37 Main Street

Rochester

2/22/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rochester School, 222 South Main Street

Springfield

2/17/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Springfield Elks, 49 Park St

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (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, 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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