The American Red Cross and WETM-18 invite residents of Elmira and surrounding communities to donate blood at the annual WETM summer blood drive on Tuesday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Donors may choose to give blood at one of the following locations:
Holiday Inn Riverview
760 East Water Street, Elmira
Ramada Painted Post
304 South Hamilton Street, Painted Post
Holiday Inn Express
2666 Corning Road, Horseheads
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or use the Blood Donor App, and enter sponsor code WETM.
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.
In addition, presenting donors will receive two tickets to an Elmira Pioneers game, while supplies last.
With many donors vacationing and schools that host blood drives on break, summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood donations to meet the needs of patients. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. One blood donation can help save up to three lives.
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.