Red Cross in 'urgent need' of blood; W. Springfield hosts drive

Alicia Farmer
January 12, 2018

There's still time for you to save lives!

In New Jersey past year, the Red Cross responded to more than 820 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping almost 1,900 displaced families; collected more than 90,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 4,180 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 113,200 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.

A number of blood drives are scheduled in Chittenden County in January.

They say giving blood is fast, safe and an easy way to keep your "Red-Cell-ution". It opened as a Red Cross site March 2017.

Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Seasonal illnesses have also impacted blood donations by contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than were needed in November and December.

Folks at LifeSouth Community Blood Center said donations tend to drop during the winter due to people traveling from the holidays as well as the weather.

She said you can get information about keeping your home safe at "We're in a critical need".

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"All blood types are needed, especially O-negative, which is a universal blood type and can be used for anyone".

February 6 - 10:45 a.m. -5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 211 E 12th St.

The Red Cross needs approximately 275 blood donations every day in the region, she added.

The next blood drive will be noon-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Zion United Church of Christ, 1521 Sixth St., Peru.

Newman Fire Department, 1162 N St., 2 p.m. -6:30 p.m. January 24.

The blood mobile will remain in town through Friday.

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