REGION – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.
Nearly half of the public knows someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. For many volunteer blood donors, like Gail Wright, that personal connection serves as inspiration to give.
Wright’s brother was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 1982 and needed several blood transfusions during his four-month recovery. She lived over 120 miles away at the time. Unable to be near him, she decided she could help by donating blood. Wright has continued to donate and recently completed her 11th gallon of donated blood – 88 lifesaving blood donations.
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood and platelet donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.
Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- April 12, from 12-5 p.m., Mount St. Joseph Academy, 127 Convent Avenue, Rutland
- April 17, from 11:30 a.m – 5:30 p.m., Springfield Elks, 49 Park St., Springfield
- April 20, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Row Place, Rutland
- April 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Castleton University, 49 Alumni Dr., Castleton
- April 27, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 120 Depot. St, Bennington
- April 29, from 1-6 p.m., West Rutland School, 713 Main St., West Rutland
- April 30, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Leland & Gray Union Middle High School, 2042 VT Route 30, Townshend