Blood donation opportunities available

Red-cross-logoThere are 100 days of summer and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to choose their day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply.

Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, a press release from the Red Cross said. Nearly 90% of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give. In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations is constant. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donations in the area:

Fairfield — June 24, 1 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road.

Monroe — June 20, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., I.B.E.W. Local 488, 721 Main Street; and June 21, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Washington Lodge No. 19, 1 Fan Hill Road.

Newtown — June 25, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

Shelton  June 18, 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive.

Trumbull  June 19, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court; June 20, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road; and June 22, 11:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Cooper Surgical, 95 Corporate Drive.

How to donate blood

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.

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