WROC News Channel 8 and American Red Cross invite donors to donate blood on December 26

December 14, 2017

The American Red Cross and WROC News Channel 8 invite residents of Rochester and surrounding communities to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at the Take Back, Give Back blood drive on Tuesday, December 26 from 11  a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Regal Cinema wing of the Mall at Greece Ridge,  271 Greece Ridge Center Drive.  While at the mall taking back gifts or looking for post-holiday sales, the Red Cross and WROC News Channel 8 hope shoppers will also give the perfect gift-- the gift of life. Presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross long-sleeved t-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or use the Blood Donor App.  Use sponsor code WROCTVROCHESTER.

Blood and platelet donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. But, the need for blood remains constant. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients this winter.

The Red Cross must still collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. In the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region, approximately 750 units of blood are needed every day to support the needs of patients in 90 hospitals throughout New York and 10 counties in Pennsylvania.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcrossblood.org/RapidPass 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.