Flu season may impact Red Cross blood supply -Healthy donors needed to give now

Flu season may impact Red Cross blood supply 

Healthy donors needed to give now

BUFFALO, NY, NOV. 7,2022 The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and a potentially severe flu season on the blood supply.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts a serious spread of flu this year and is already reporting an early spike in cases in several states. When seasonal illnesses increase, the number of healthy donors tends to decrease, leaving the Red Cross blood supply vulnerable to a potential shortage over the holidays.   

Paired with busy holiday schedules, seasonal illnesses may make it harder to collect the blood hospital patients require this winter. Donors especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets − can help bolster the blood supply now by making an appointment to give in the coming weeks.   

There is no waiting period to donate blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot. Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Learn more about flu safety and prevention at redcross.org/flusafety  

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering several opportunities to donors this month: 

  • All who come to give Nov. 1-22 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice. Details are available at rcblood.org/perks. 
  • Those who come to give over the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 23-27, will get a Red Cross knit beanie, while supplies last.  
  • All who come out to help Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. Details are available at rcblood.org/together. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30:  

Allegany 

Cuba 

11/10/2022: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, 17 South St  

Wellsville 

11/10/2022: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street  

Cattaraugus 

Olean 

11/4/2022: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hillside Wesleyan Church, 753 Prospect Avenue 

11/7/2022: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 109 South Barry Street  

Portville 

11/8/2022: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Portville Central High School, 500 Elm Street  

Randolph 

11/18/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Randolph Central School, 18 Main Street  

Salamanca 

11/11/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Lady Peace-Holy Cross Church, 274 Broad St  

Chautauqua  

Cassadaga 

11/15/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cassadaga Fire Hall, 22 Mill Street  

Dunkirk 

11/14/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Blessed Mary Angela Roman Catholic Parish, 324 Townsend Street  

Fredonia 

11/17/2022: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., State University of New York Fredonia Williams Center, Williams Center  

Jamestown 

11/4/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jamestown City Hall, 200 E 3rd Street  

Lakewood 

11/10/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chautauqua Mall, 318 E Fairmount Ave. 

11/25/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chautauqua Mall, 318 E Fairmount Ave.  

Sheridan 

11/9/2022: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sheridan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6390, 2556 Route 20  

Westfield 

11/14/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Eason Hall, 23 Elm Street  

Erie 

Alden 

11/7/2022: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway  

Amherst 

11/09/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive 

11/16/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive 

11/23/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive 

11/25/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive 

11/30/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive  

Buffalo 

11/4/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., WNY Chapter, 786 Delaware Ave  

Clarence 

11/29/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place  

Derby 

11/16/2022: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., American Legion Newcomb Long Post 928, 7353 Erie Rd  

East Aurora 

11/23/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampton Inn – East Aurora, 49 Olean Street  

Grand Island 

11/15/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grand Island Fire Hall, Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Rd 

11/19/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Radisson Grand Island, 100 Whitehaven Rd  

Hamburg 

11/23/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Revive Wesleyan, 4999 McKinley Pkwy. 

11/26/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 6065 South Park Ave 

11/28/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St  

Holland 

11/4/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 46 N. Main St.  

Marilla 

11/5/2022: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Marilla Fire Hall, 1940 West Avenue  

North Collins 

11/17/2022: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 2005 Halley St.  

Orchard Park 

11/25/2022: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, S3148 Abbott Rd.  

Snyder 

11/8/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Park School Rich Activity Center, 4625 Harlem Rd 

Springville 

11/16/2022: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive  

Tonawanda 

11/10/2022: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tonawanda Fire Department, Tonawanda Fire Hall, 44 William St 

11/12/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Church of the Nativity, Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd  

West Seneca 

11/9/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St 

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Genesee  

Batavia 

11/4/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Social Services Building, 5130 E Main St Rd 

11/15/2022: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Rd 

11/22/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Veterans Administration Center, 222 Richmond Ave  

East Pembroke 

11/17/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Maximilian, 2707 Angling Rd.  

Pavilion 

11/14/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pavilion Fire Department Recreation Hall, 11302 S Lake Rd  

Stafford 

11/12/2022: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stafford Fire Department, 6153 Main Rd., Route 5 

Niagara  

Lewiston 

11/26/2022: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lewiston Fire Co No 1, 145 N 6th St  

Lockport 

11/8/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Dale Association Incorporated, 33 Ontario St. 

11/28/2022: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lockport Family YMCA, 5833 Snyder Dr.  

Newfane 

11/28/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Newfane Town Hall  Community Center, 2737 Main Street  

Niagara Falls 

11/30/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fashion Outlets – Niagara Falls, 1900 Military Road  

North Tonawanda 

11/5/2022: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gratwick Fire House Co. #6, 110 Ward Rd  

Youngstown 

11/22/2022: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Youngstown Fire Hall, 625 3rd St.  

Orleans 

Albion 

11/29/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Albion Elks Lodge 1006, 428 W State St 

 

Lyndonville 

11/18/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Lyndonville Presbyterian Church, 107 N Main St  

Wyoming  

Strykersville 

11/17/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Cecilias Church, St Cecilia’s  991 Centerline Rd  

Warsaw 

11/7/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Warsaw Moose Club, 13 Frank St. 

 How to donate blood 

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. 

Amplify Your Impact − Volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.   

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, contact 716-886-7500, RecruitWNY@redcross.orgor visit https://www.redcross.org/volunteertoday.   

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. 

 

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