Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors

Red Cross blood donations (file).

(WTNH)– The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors Monday to help tackle a winter blood shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year. More than 150 blood drives were forced to cancel because of it, causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

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Donations are needed right now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, or go to You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Below are some donation opportunities in the area:

Litchfield County



New Hartford

1/9/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South End Volunteer Fire, 20 Antolini Road, Route 219 and 202



1/11/2018: 1:15 p.m. – 7 p.m., Salisbury School, 251 Canaan Road



1/10/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Torrington Elks, 70 Litchfield Street

1/15/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Gregor Technologies-Metals USA, 529 Technology Park Drive

Washington Depot

1/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Washington Depot fire House, 109 Bee Brook Road



New Haven County



1/15/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Laticrete International, 91 Amity Road


1/11/2018: 12:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., ST MARY CHURCH BRANFORD, 731 Main St





1/10/2018: 12:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 390 South Union Street



1/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2630 Whitney Avenue

1/11/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Eli Whitney Tech High School, 100 Fairview Ave

1/12/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6 p.m., Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Avenue




New Haven

1/12/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Yale School of Medicine, 367 Cedar Street

1/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard Street

North Branford

1/10/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Rd.



1/13/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Legion, 43 Oxford Road




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