Rome is a Community that Cares: Fifth annual blood drive will be held on June 20

June 9, 2017

Rome is a Red Cross community that cares.  On June 20, Rome will host its fifth annual “Community that Cares” blood drive at the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley, 301 West Bloomfield Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Nationwide and in New York, about one-third fewer new donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. The Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors to help patients with serious illnesses this June and through the summer by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. One blood donation can help save up to three lives. In the past four years of this annual blood drive, 282 units of blood have been collected. 

Suburban Propane is a proud national sponsor of the American Red Cross Blood Services and is helping to increase awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations. Suburban Propane and the Red Cross have worked together to raise awareness about blood donation since 2012, and this is the third summer that Suburban Propane and the Red Cross have partnered to educate the public about the need for blood and platelets.

Those who come to donate at this Community that Cares blood drive can enjoy:

  • On-site Holy Smoques BBQ cookout from 12-3p.m.., and get a $10 Visa gift card, both courtesy of Suburban Propane.
  • Coupons for food from Subway, 204 East Thomas Street, and Taco Del Mar, 827 Black River Boulevard
  • Voucher for a free pint of Stewart’s Shops ice or gelato

The City of Rome and the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley are also proud sponsors this blood drive.

Walk-ins welcome, but appointments encouraged. To schedule an appointment, visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS or use the Blood Donor App.  Use sponsor code ROMECTC.

Rome Community That Cares Blood Drive

Tuesday, June 20

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley

301 West Bloomfield Street, Rome

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (16 with parental consent 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.

Blood donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.