The American Red Cross and CBS 6 Albany invite residents of Albany and surrounding communities to donate blood at the annual CBS 6 Albany Holiday Heroes Blood Drive on Thursday, July 6 from 12- 7 p.m. at the following locations:
Gideon Putnam Hotel
24 Gideon Putnam Road, Saratoga Springs
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Troy Hilton Garden Inn
235 Hoosick Street, Troy
432 State Street, Schenectady
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or use the Blood Donor App. Use sponsor code CBS6.
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. All those who come to donate will receive a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last. 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.
Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.
While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually do. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes.
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 (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 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.