The American Red Cross and WROC News Channel 8 invite residents of Rochester and surrounding communities to roll up their sleeves and donate blood at the Take Back, Give Back blood drive on Tuesday, December 27 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Regal Cinema wing of the Mall at Greece Ridge, 271 Greece Ridge Center Drive. While at the mall taking back gifts or looking for post-holiday sales, the Red Cross and WROC News Channel 8 hope mall visitors will also give the perfect gift-- the gift of life by donating blood. Presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross tee-shirt.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or use the Blood Donor App.
Blood and platelets donations decline during the holiday season, but the Red Cross must still collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. In the Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Blood Services Region, approximately 1000 units of blood are needed every day to support the needs of patients in 90 hospitals throughout New York and 10 counties in Pennsylvania.
“Busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give,” said Red Cross New York-Penn Region Donor Recruitment District Manager Debra Dunn. “We thank WROC News Channel 8 for helping us educate our community about the constant need for blood donations. We hope donors can make time to roll up their sleeves and give blood to ensure we have enough blood for patients in need.”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
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.