Red Cross — Add blood donation to Independence Day week list

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.

Red-Cross-logoWith blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Steve Mavica, spokesman for the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming New Haven County blood drives are listed below or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

6/30/2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fusco Management Company, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

7/1/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Southbury Crowne Plaza , 1284 Strongtown Road, Southbury, CT 06488

7/2/2014, 12:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Villa Capri, 906 North Colony Road, Wallingford, CT 06492

7/2/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
New Haven Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525

7/3/2014, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
ST Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511

7/3/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
ST Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06511

7/5/2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cheshire YMCA , 967 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410

7/7/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Elks Club, 124 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT 06460

7/8/2014, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Milone and MacBroom, Inc., 99 Realty Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410

7/9/2014, 12:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Knights of Columbus, 390 South Union Street, Guilford, CT 06437

7/10/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Temple Lodge #16, 9 Country Club Rd, Cheshire, CT 06410

7/11/2014, 12:15 PM – 6:00 PM
American Red Cross New Haven Chapter House, 703 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

7/11/2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
On Track Karting, 984 North Colony Road, Wallingford, CT 06492

7/12/2014, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Oxford Senior Center, 10 Old Church Road, Oxford, CT 06478

7/13/2014, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Vitamin Shoppe, 417 Universal Drive, North Haven, CT 06473

7/14/2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Laticrete International, One Laticrete Park North, Bethany, CT 06524

7/14/2014, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
American Legion, 43 Oxford Road, Oxford, CT 06478

7/15/2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Planet Fitness, 469 East Main St/Route 1, Branford, CT 06405

7/15/2014, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Maple Woods, 35 Hamden Hills Drive, Hamden, CT 06518

7/15/2014, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Temple Medical , 40 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

7/15/2014, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal, 91 Church Street, Seymour, CT 06483

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