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Red Cross: Emergency need for donors

Shortage continues this summer due to increased demand for blood


WATERTOWN, NY. July 27, 2021. The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now.

The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one- day supply right now.

To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood and platelet supply in August, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, 2021, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves as we wind down the summer season.

Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15

Clinton County


8/12/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Days Inn by Wyndham, 406 State Route 3

Essex County

Keene Valley

8/10/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Keene valley Fire Department,

15 Market St

Saint Lawrence County


8/4/2021: 10 a.m. - 8/11/2021:

11 a.m.


8/13/2021: 12 p.m.

De Kalb Junction 8/14/2021: 10 a.m.


8/13/2021: 3 p.m. -


8/9/2021: 12 p.m. -

2 p.m., St Lawrence University, 23 Romoda Dr

- 4 p.m., Best Western University Inn, 90 E Main St

- 5 p.m., Colton Volunteer Fire Department, Riverside Drive

- 3 p.m., DeKalb Junction Fire Department, 4323 US Highway 11 7 p.m., Lisbon Wesleyan Church, 48 Church Street

4 p.m., VFW Massena, 101 West Hatfield Street


8/12/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Ogdensburg Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford St


8/12/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Potsdam Church of the Nazarene, 11 State Highway 72

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.


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