Diverse blood supply is key to preparedness
During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply is available during emergencies of all types.
Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.
Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. The Red Cross encourages donors of all types to give blood, and those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative are especially needed.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Additional donation opportunities in Dutchess and Putnam counties:
Poughkeepsie: Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bonefish Grill, 2185 South Road, or 1 to 6 p.m., Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road; Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., McCann Athletic Facility, 3399 North Road.
Wappingers Falls: Sept. 8, noon to 5 p.m., Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road; Sept. 10, noon to 5 p.m., BJ’s Wholesale Club, 1404 Route 9, Alpine Commons.
Carmel: Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Ave.