Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give

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Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give
Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now 

(July 25, 2018) — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products. 

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Patty Corvaia, communications manager of the the American Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.” 

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. 

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25-Aug. 15

Johnson City Blood Donation Center
365 Harry L. Drive 
Johnson City, NY 13790
Monday-Wednesday:  11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday:  7:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. 


7/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lourdes Hospital, 169 Riverside Drive
8/9/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Drive
8/9/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Pointe Church, 126 East Service Road
8/10/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., UHS Lewis Rd Employees, 43 Lewis Road

8/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Deposit United Methodist Church, 107 Second Street

8/13/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 306 Odell Avenue
8/14/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Church of the Holy Family, 3600 Phyliss Street
8/15/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross of Endicott, 620 East Main Street

8/6/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Delta Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, 860 Hooper Road

Johnson City
7/26/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oakdale Mall, 601-635 Reynolds Road
7/26/2018: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Oakdale Mall, 601-635 Reynolds Road
8/3/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., IOST Masjid – Islamic Org. of the Southern Tier, 161 Grand Avenue

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lisle Fire Company Incorporated, 9990 Main Street

8/6/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Most Holy Rosary Church, 2596 Main Street

8/11/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main Street
8/14/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vestal Battle of the Badges, Vestal Fire Department Station 1, 116 Noth Main Street 

Whitney Point
8/23/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2938 US Route 11

8/6/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Afton United Methodist Church, 34 Spring Street

7/25/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1180 State Highway 206

New Berlin
8/1/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 51 South Main Street

7/27/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Norwich Post, 29 Sheldon Street 
8/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Broad Street Methodist Church, 74 North Broad Street

8/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sherburne United Church of Christ, 1 South Main Street
8/14/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post 876, 15 South Main Street


8/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Berkshire Fire LSL, 12515 State Route 38

8/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tioga Downs, 2384 West River Road

7/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cayuga Medical Center Bonnie Howell Education Center, 101 Dates Drive
7/30/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Homewood Suites, 36 Cinema Drive
8/2/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tompkins County Library-Employees, 101 E Green Street
8/11/2018: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, 114 Burleigh Drive
8/15/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Catherine of Sienna Parish, 302 Saint Catherine Circle

7/28/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., All Saints Catholic Church, 347 Ridge Road


8/1/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Montrose VFW, State Route 706
8/2/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Montrose VFW, State Route 706

New Milford
8/9/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Summit, 17279 State Route 11

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 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 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 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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