MANCHESTER, NH (May 29, 2020) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In recent weeks, the Red Cross has seen demand for blood products grow by 30 percent,” said Interim CEO for the American Red Cross Northern New England Region, Stephanie Couturier. “There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.”
This is the time to take care of one another, and blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of our communities. All presenting donors at these blood drives will receive a $15 gift card via email to have lunch on Suburban Propane. And thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.*
Make your appointment today to share your good health with patients in need at one of these New Hampshire locations:
Communities Coming Together
Friday, June 5, 2020
Portsmouth Community Campus
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth 03801
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Executive Health & Sports Center
1 Highlander Way, Manchester 03103
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Route 25, Meredith 03253
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
354 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth 03264
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m.
Milford Masonic Temple
30 Mt. Vernon St., Milford 03055
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Hilltop Golf Course
49 High St., Peterborough 03458
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
The need for blood is constant, to make an appointment to donate at one of these drives simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and type in your zipcode to find a drive near you.
For donors living in the Lakes Region use Sponsor Code: “Tanger Outlet” to locate Communities Coming Together blood drives scheduled for Thursday, June 4; Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6.
Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.
* Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.