If you have some blood to spare, the American Red Cross would like to borrow a little.
“September is National Preparedness Month, and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” said Nick Gehrig, Red Cross Blood Services communications director. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”
Regina Boothe Bratton, external communications manager for Red Cross biomedical field marketing, said part of the problem is that during the first two weeks of this month, donations are down about 10,000 units from what is needed and that supply has to be built back up.
Another problem is timing.
“Fall can be a busy time of year for many regular donors, with back to school activities and new routines. This may be a contributing factor right now,” she said.
And then there is one more issue. Generosity.
“Many regular donors who gave in the late summer are not eligible to donate until 56 days after their donation, so new donors are always needed,” she said.
In other words, the Red Cross regular donors are a little tapped out and the organization quite literally needs new blood.
Upcoming Local Blood Drives
▪ 1:30-7 p.m. Sept. 28, Howard Fire Hall, 14 Walnut St., Howard
▪ 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park
▪ 12:30-6 p.m. Sept. 29, Boalsburg Fire Company, 113 E. Pine St., Boalsburg
▪ 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Business Building, University Park
▪ 1-7 p.m. Oct. 3,Waring Commons, University Park
▪ 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Fairmount School, 411 S. Fraser St., State College
▪ 12:30-6 p.m. Oct. 4, Boggs Township Community Building, 1290 Runville Road, Bellefonte
▪ 1-6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Old Fort American Legion, 2829 Penns Valley Pike, Centre Hall
▪ 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Lewis Katz Building, University Park
▪ 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 11, Technology Support Building, 300 Science Park Road, State College
▪ 1-6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 277 W. Pine Grove Road, Pine Grove Mills
▪ 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Physical Plant Building, University Park