Red Cross: Blood donations urgently needed

Faith Castro
August 11, 2017

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up.

Those who donate platelets now through August 31 will be given a $25 Home Depot card and a $5 Target card. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

The American Red Cross says donors can help ensure patients get the donations they desperately need. People that donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. There are height and weight requirements; more information is available here.

"Blood donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands who need lifesaving blood", said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager, Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

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Officials are urging potential blood donors to donate in hopes of aiding the chronic blood shortage in the area.

The blood drive is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the African-American physician who pioneered the American Red Cross system of blood banking.

All donors are welcome at the blood drive. To donate you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110-pounds and in generally good health.

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