Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give

07/25/2018

Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now

Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Patty Corvaia, communications manager of the the American Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25-Aug. 15

 

Greece Blood Donation Center

2590 West Ridge Road, Buckman’s Plaza

Greece, NY 14626 

Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 7:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 7:00am – 2:30pm

 

Perinton Blood Donation Center

Perinton Hills Shopping Center

6687 Pittsford-Palmyra Road

Fairport, NY 14450 

Monday: 11:30am – 7:00pm

Tuesday: 7:00am – 2:30pm

Wednesday: 11:30am – 7:00pm

 

Rochester Blood Donation Center

50 Prince Street

Rochester, NY 14607 

Tuesday & Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm (2nd & 4th Friday of each month)

Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm (1st & 3rd Saturday of each month)

 

West Henrietta Blood Donation Center

825 John Street

West Henrietta, NY 14586

Monday: 11:30am – 7:00pm

Tuesday: 7:00am – 2:30pm

Wednesday – Thursday: 11:30am – 7:00pm

Friday – Sunday: 7:00am – 2:30pm

 


Livingston County

Avon

8/14/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Avon Veterans Hall, 5480 Avon-E. Avon Road

8/15/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 6274 E Avon-Lima Road

 

Geneseo

7/27/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Walmart Geneseo, 4235 Veteran Drive

8/3/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., UMC Geneseo- Community, 4520 Genesee Street

8/13/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street

 

Lakeville

7/31/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakeville Training Grounds, 5939 Stone Hill Road

 

Lima

8/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lima Town Hall, 7329 Main Street

 

Livonia

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 21 Summers Street

8/10/2018: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Livonia Fire Department, 4213 S Livonia Road

 

Mount Morris

8/2/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Livingston Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 11 Murray Hill

 

Nunda

7/31/2018: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Nunda Fire Department, 4 North State Street

 

York

8/10/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., York Town Hall, 2668 Main Street

 


Monroe County

Brockport

7/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Brockport Lodge 2110, 4400 Sweden Walker Road

7/30/2018: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., State University of New York at Brockport Seymour College Union, 350 New Campus Drive

8/1/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, 4088 Lake Road

 

Chili

7/27/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Chili Fire Department, 3231 Chili Avenue

 

Churchville

7/30/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Riga Town Hall, 6460 Buffalo Road

 

Fairport

7/31/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fairport Public Library, 1 Village Landing

8/15/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Perinton Volunteer Ambulance, 1400 Turk Hill Road

8/24/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Relph Benefit Advisors, 500 Willowbrook Office Park, Suite 500

 

Gates

7/26/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Westside Family YMCA, 920 Elmgrove Road

 

Greece

7/28/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saint Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Road

7/29/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saint John The Evangelist Church of Greece, 2400 West Ridge Road

 

Penfield

8/4/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA Eastside, 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road

8/7/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Penfield Community Center, 2130 Penfield Road

 

Pittsford

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saint Louis Church, 64 South Main Street

 

Rochester

7/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eagles Landing Business Park, 1565 Jefferson Road

7/25/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue

7/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., City Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Street

7/27/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Highland Hospital, 1000 South Avenue

7/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., University of Rochester Medical Center Strong Donor Room, 601 Elmwood Avenue

7/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St Paul Boulevard Fire Department, 433 Cooper Road

8/1/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, 2365 South Clinton Avenue

8/3/2018: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saint John’s Home, 150 Highland Avenue

8/3/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Culver Road Armory, 145 Culver Road

8/7/2018: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue

8/8/2018: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue

8/8/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rochester General Hospital, 1425 Portland Avenue

8/9/2018: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of Rochester Medical Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue

8/10/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Frontier Abstract, 69 Cascade Drive Suite 101

 

Rush

7/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rush Fire Department, 1971 Rush Mendon Road

 

Scottsville

8/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion-Scottsville, 61 Main St

 

Spencerport

8/3/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ogden Community Center, 269 Ogden Center Road

 

Webster

8/2/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Fairport Elks Lodge 2396, 1066 Jackson Road

8/3/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cherry Ridge, 900 Cherry Ridge Boulevard

8/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Webster Knights of Columbus, 70 Barrett Drive

8/14/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saint Martin Lutheran Church, 813 Bay Road

 


Ontario County

Canandaigua

7/24/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Crosswinds Wesleyan Church, 3360 Middle Cheshire

7/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ontario ARC, 3071 County Complex Drive

 

Farmington

8/15/2018: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Ultrafab, 1050 Hook Road

 

Geneva

7/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Geneva General Hospital, 198 North Street

7/31/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14 South

 

Honeoye

8/9/2018: 1:45 p.m. – 7 p.m., United Church of Christ, 8758 Main Street

 

Oaks Corners

8/3/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Oaks Corners Fire Department, 607 Cross Road

 

Phelps

8/7/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Phelps Community Center, 8 Banta Street

8/8/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Wadhams Enterprises, 369 Bostwick Road

 

Victor

8/6/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Patrick’s Church, 115 Maple Avenue

 


Wayne County

Alton

8/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Alton Volunteer Fire Department, 5755 Route 14

 

Clyde

8/6/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clyde Fire Department, 15 Ford Street

 

Macedon

7/30/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Macedon Public Library, 30 Main Street

 

Palmyra

7/30/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Palmyra Town Hall, 1180 Canandaigua Road

8/3/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Heritage Baptist Church, 2367 Palmyra-Macedon Road, Route 21

8/11/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Marks Pizzeria, 240 East Main Street

 

Sodus

8/4/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 105 West Main Street

 

South Butler

7/31/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lighthouse Community Fellowship, 3483 State Route 89

 

Walworth

7/31/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Gananda High School, Weidrick Road

 

Wolcott

8/6/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wolcott Public Library, 5890 New Hartford Street

 


How to donate blood

Simply 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. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.