Red Cross: Blood Supply Facing Stress, Donors Needed

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A concerning shortfall in blood donations last month could stress the American Red Cross blood supply. The Red Cross collected over 26,000 fewer blood donations than needed in May to meet the needs of patients. The need for blood is constant, with someone needing a blood transfusion in the U.S. every two seconds. The public can help ensure continuity for patients by making an appointment to give blood now and in the weeks ahead.

World Blood Donor Day, gifts for donors

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, a day meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe, diverse and stable blood supply and to recognize volunteer blood donors. This is the perfect time to give, especially for those who haven’t given in a while, or who have never given before.

In thanks for taking time to help, all who come to give blood, platelets or plasma June 1-30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Those who come to give throughout June will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package. Details for both offers can be found at

Help the Red Cross celebrate World Blood Donor Day and meet the critical needs of patients. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time to give now.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, June 16-30:


6/22/2023: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tarrytown Senior Center, 240 West Main St.


6/30/2023: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Greenurgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road


6/27/2023: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 347, Flint Park, 1 Locust Ave.

Mount Vernon

6/27/2023: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mount Vernon Seventh Day Adventist Church, 230 S. Columbus Avenue

North Salem

6/23/2023: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Salem Firehouse, 301 Titicus Road


6/19/2023: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rye YMCA, 21 Locust Ave


6/16/2023: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenville Community Church, 270 Ardsley Road


6/29/2023: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Taylor Pavilion South, 100 Woods Road

Yorktown Heights

6/28/2023: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Patricks Church, 117 Moseman Road

How to donate blood

To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, 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. 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.

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.

For more information and to apply for a position, contact or visit

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