Red Cross urges people to donate blood

(WTNH)–The American Red Cross says November and December were slow donation months, and as they head into 2016, they’re about 50,000 donations behind where they’d like to be.

“We’re asking everyone to make a New Year’s resolution to resolve to give blood, become a regular blood donor. You can donate blood every 56 days so that’s really great,” said Stefanie Arcangelo, Chief Communications Officer for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The last two months of 2015 saw 1700 fewer blood drives than the months before. Nationally, Arcangelo says the Red Cross needs to collect about 15,000 units of blood each day. Here in Connecticut they need between 400 and 450.

“Every two seconds someone needs blood. So, even though people were busy with their holidays and, you know, some winter weather in other parts of the country, it’s really important that people continually come out and donate blood when they can,” said Arcangelo.

The Red Cross says all blood types are needed right now, as well as platelet donations. A blood donation typically takes about one hour. Arcangelo says each donation can help save up to three lives.

“I have met some wonderful people working here at the Red Cross over the past couple of years and their stories are amazing. Most of them simply would not be here unless strangers saw it within their heart to roll up their sleeves, take an hour of their time, and donate blood,” she said.

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