GREATER SPRINGFIELD – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day recognizes the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people, including those in need of blood transfusions, in communities across the U.S. It is the only blood services organization that also provides disaster relief, services for active and veteran military personnel and their families, and health and safety training.
Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.
Donations are collected at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive, Springfield, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other local blood drives include:
May 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Burger King, 1284 Memorial Drive.
May 11, noon to 6 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 15 Kibbe Road.
May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., PeoplesBank, 330 Whitney Ave.
May 11, 1 to 6 p.m., Holyoke YMCA, 160 Beech St.
May 11, 1 to 7 p.m., Ludlow Elks Lodge, 69 Chapin St.
May 14, 12:45 to 6:30 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive.
May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Comark Communications LLC, 104 Feeding Hills Road.
May 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rite Aid, 7 East Silver St.
May 6, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Westfield High School, 177 Montgomery Road.
May 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wilbraham Fire Department, 2770 Boston Road.