The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.
Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage.
To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood and help save lives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Here are some Oswego County bloodmobiles coming up:
- 1 to 6 p.m., July 1, Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road, Oswego
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 8, Fulton Medical Center, 510 S. Fourth St., Fulton
- 1 to 6 p.m. July 9, Northshore of Oneida Lake AARP, 1560 Route 49, Constantia
- 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., July 9, Believers Chapel, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton
- 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 12, Hibernians Club, Munn Street, Oswego
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 12, First Universalist Church of Central Square, Route 49
- 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., July 14, Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, Harwood Drive, Sandy Creek.