Red Cross bloodmobiles will be at the New York State Fair: Blood donors urged to give blood during chronic summer blood shortage

August 10, 2017

The American Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors who attend the New York State Fair to help patients in need by rolling up a sleeve and giving blood during the current chronic blood shortage.  For the seventh year, American Red Cross bloodmobiles will be at the New York State Fair every day. Located opposite the horse barns near Gate 4, the bloodmobiles will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Giannelli Sausage is proud to support the good work of the American Red Cross by providing each presenting blood donor at the Red Cross Bloodmoblile during the 2017 New York State Fair an $8.00 food voucher, redeemable at the Giannelli fairground sites located at Chevy Court and at the top of the Midway near the Horticulture Building. Those who come to give blood from September 1-4 will also receive a Red Cross t-shirt.

Since 2010, thousands of New York State Fair attendees have donated blood.  In the past five years, a total of 2281 units were donated at the Fair. Because up to three patients can be helped with one donation, the units of collected blood may have helped as many as 6,843 patients.  The goal of this year’s New York State Fair blood drive is 597 units.

In the NY-Penn Region, approximately 1000 units of blood and platelets must be collected every day to help patients in approximately 90 hospitals throughout New York and 10 counties in Pennsylvania served by the Red Cross.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended.  To make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS.  You may also use the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. Use sponsor code NYSFAIR.

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 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 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.