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American Red Cross Schedules Emergency Blood Drive for Saturday
Call is issued for all eligible donors to help replenish supply hit hard by severe winter weather
WHAT: The American Red Cross will host an emergency blood drive this Saturday to help boost blood collections.
WHEN: Saturday, February 5, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Mall at Greece Ridge
271 Greece Ridge Center
Rochester, NY 14626
WHY: The latest winter blast throughout much of the eastern half of the United States has impacted the Red Cross blood supply. Since January 1, winter storms have forced the cancellation of over 750 blood drives, resulting in a shortfall of more than 28,000 blood and platelet donations.
The Red Cross has added emergency blood drives on Saturday, February 5 in an effort to make up the shortfall.
The Red Cross urges all eligible donors in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the coming days, and those in affected areas to donate as soon as travel is deemed safe, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
Donations will help replenish the Red Cross blood supply to ensure that blood products are readily available for patients with serious medical needs.
All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.
Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.