Donate a pint to the Red Cross

Woman donates blood at a Red Cross blood drive (file).
Woman donates blood at a Red Cross blood drive (file).

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — The summer months are the time of year when fewer people get out to give blood. Today in Norwalk blood drive volunteers are hoping a good turnout there will help.

This is a hard time of year for the American Red Cross since many people are either on vacation or wrapped up in summer activities. That’s why people are encouraged to come out this morning to a community blood drive at Norwalk Hospital.

According to the Red Cross, donating a pint of blood can save up to three lives. Giving blood only takes about 10 minutes, but if you include registration before and the nourishment you need after, donors should allow one hour.

There are some qualifications you need to meet when it comes to giving blood.

  • You must be 17 or have parental consent to give blood
  • Be sure you drink fluids
  • Bring a list of medications
  • Wear loose clothing so you can roll up your sleeve
  • Bring a photo ID

Today’s drive starts at 7:30 and ends just after Noon. Head to the 5th floor patio room at Norwalk Hospital.

If you can’t make it to this blood drive and still would like to donate during the summer or any other time of the year, contact the Red Cross here in Connecticut at http://www.redcrossblood.org/ct.

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