posted on March 16, 2017 11:44
The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors throughout the New York-Penn Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which forced about 150 area blood drives to cancel, causing thousands donations to go uncollected. There is a critical need for platelet and type O negative donors.
“The need for blood and platelets is constant despite the weather,” said Patty Corvaia, communications manager, New York-Penn Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Platelet donors and blood donors of all types, especially type O negative, are urged to give when it’s safe to travel to an area blood drive or donation center.”
Platelets are tiny cells in blood that form clots and stop bleeding. Although they are needed for many reasons, cancer patients often rely on platelets during treatment.
Type O negative donors are an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Because it’s the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type, type O negative blood is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.
How to help
Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets. Overall, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
**Editors Note: Omitted Alleghany, Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties' dates and locations.
American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers
3/20/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Alexander United Methodist Church, 10540 Main Street
3/17/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Social Services Building, 5130 E Main St Road
3/17/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road
3/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 S Lake Avenue
3/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Stafford Fire Department, 6153 Main Rd., Route 5
3/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 1449 Quaker Road
3/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Dale Association Incorporated, 33 Ontario Street
3/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road
3/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road
3/21/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ransomville Baptist Church, 2578 Youngstown-Lockport Road
3/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., North Java Fire Hall, Rt. 98
3/31/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Perry Firemans Recreation Hall, Lake St