red crossThe American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose a day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign.

The agency relies on volunteer donors for the 14,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. However, during summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

Blood donations may be made:

Thursday, June 2nd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 200 Yale Ave., Morton; Friday, June 3rd, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m., Haverford Area YMCA, 891 N. Eagle Road, Havertown; and from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Chick-Fil-A, 20 State Farm Drive, Glen Mills.

Tuesday, June 7th, 2-7 p.m. at Our Mother of Good Counsel, 31 Pennswood Road, Bryn Mawr; and from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, 175 Strafford Avenue, Building 4/Conference Center, Wayne.

Thursday, June 9th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Harrah’s Philadelphia, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester; Monday, June 13th, 2-7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3rd St. and Wanamaker Ave., Essington; and Tuesday, June 14th, 1-6 p.m. at the Newtown Township Building, 209 Bishop Hollow Road, Newton Square.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors of all blood types are needed.

 

 

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