Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donations
Fewer donors than anticipated in June means a shortage in available blood stores.
Are you at least 17 years old?
Do you weigh 110 pounds or more?
The American Red Cross needs your help.
The Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donations, stating in a press release that its "blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June." The blood bank is stocked with about half the available blood it held this time last year.
Red Cross officials speculate that an earlier-than-normal spring season could have led to fewer than typical blood donations as regular donors transitioned into summer activities early and failed to schedule their blood and platelet donations.
Now, need exists for all blood types, but particularly for O Positive, O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood.
The Red Cross hopes to collect 6,500 units of blood in the Massachusetts region throughout the next two weeks.
A few upcoming blood drives in the Hopkinton/Holliston area include:
Ashland VFW (311 Pleasant St., Ashland)
June 28, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Framingham Plymouth Church (87 Edgell Road, Framingham)
June 28; 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
World Gym Milford (124 Medway St., Milford)
June 29; 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Westborough Senior Center (4 Rogers Rd., Westborough)
June 29, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Natick Elks Lodge (95 Speen St., Natick)
July 3; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gold's Gym Millis (27 Millstone Rd., Millis)
July 13, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Walgreens Medway (68 Main Street, Medway)
July 14, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A full list of blood drives is available on the Red Cross blood donation website.