Red Cross blood donation opportunities for summer shortage

Red Cross blood donations (file).

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – Blood donations are urgently needed in the final weeks of summer.

The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to donate in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

New and current donors are encouraged to donate to fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. Regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations and back-to-school activities ramp up. Those who donated earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, the Red Cross will email a  $5 Target eGiftCard™ to those who give blood or platelets from now through August 31.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s