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Red Cross in danger of blood shortage

July 16, 2014 |

GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.

Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities within The Reminder’s circulation area are as follows:

• July 21 – Ludlow Elks Lodge, 69 Chapin St., Ludlow, from 1 to 7 p.m.;

• July 23 – Springfield Lodge of Elks #61, 440 Tiffany St., Springfield, from noon to 6 p.m.;

• July 25 – Agawam Fire Department, 800 Main St., Agawam, from noon to 6 p.m.;

• July 26 – Centro Cristiano Nacion de Jesus, 124 Sumner Ave., Springfield, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

• July 28 – Knights of Columbus, 26 Baldwin St., East Longmeadow, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Our Savior’s Lutheran, 319 Granby Road, South Hadley, from noon to 6 p.m.;

• July 29 – Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center, 53 Mill St., Westfield, from noon to 6 p.m.;

• July 30 – Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St., Westfield, from 3 to 8 p.m.

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