The lifesaving power of donated blood is something Assemblyman Al Stirpe has known about since his childhood. Growing up, he watched his father, Albert Stirpe, Sr., host annual blood drives in their hometown of Clyde. An unknown number of patient lives were saved, thanks to Albert’s efforts and the dedicated blood donors of Clyde who rolled up their sleeves and gave blood every year. Years later, Albert’s own life was saved by blood donors when he needed blood transfusions during heart surgery.
Today, Assemblyman Stirpe follows in his father’s footsteps by hosting his annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. Started in 2006, more than 1000 units of donated blood have been collected at this annual event, impacting thousands of patients. The goal of this year’s blood drive is 200 units.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe 11th Annual Lifesavers Blood Drive
5885 East Circle Drive, Cicero
Tuesday, July 18
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. For appointments, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 REDCROSS and use sponsor code ALSTIRPE. Presenting donors will enjoy free prizes, complimentary refreshments, music, and be entered into a raffle for a grand prize drawing—12 box seats at a Syracuse Chiefs game.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. In the New York-Penn Region, which includes New York and 10 counties in Pennsylvania, an estimated 1000 units of donated blood are needed every day to help patients in approximately 90 hospitals.
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.