Blood donor day set for Aug. 8

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BRATTLEBORO — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there

continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross experienced a 30-percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org. Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.

"The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging," said Mary Brant, external communications manager of the Northern New England Blood Services Region. "We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven't to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients."

Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.

The next local blood donor day is scheduled for Aug. 8 in Brattleboro from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 54 Chickering Drive.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.


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