Join the Red Cross to ensure patients have access to lifesaving transfusions this summer
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment now to help save lives by giving blood with the Worcester Lodge of Elks and Six Flags New England on Monday, June 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Worcester Lodge of Elks. All those who come out to donate at this blood drive will receive a complimentary, one-day pass to Six Flags New England!*
Every two seconds, someone needs blood in the U.S., but during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans. Last summer, nearly one-third fewer new donors came out to give than during the rest of the year.
“Blood donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands of lives to help save,” said Alyson Barraza, communications program director for the Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region. “Worcester-area donors can help ensure a sufficient community blood supply by joining us to donate at this special drive on June 19!”
Worcester Lodge of Elks/Six Flags New England Blood Drive
Monday, June 19, 2017
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Worcester Lodge of Elks
233 Mill Street, Worcester
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross
*Prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.