Red Cross needs hosts for blood drives
The Red Cross is urging local individuals and organizations to volunteer to host blood drives during the difficult winter season.
Right now, the Red Cross needs about 250 blood drive hosts in Connecticut. The groups would need to host in December, January and February to ensure blood will be there for patients who rely on blood products. During the winter, there is often a decrease in the number of blood drives, which can contribute to blood shortages.
“When someone hosts a blood drive, they give donors a chance to donate lifesaving blood, in turn helping to save dozens or even hundreds of lives,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Biomedical Services in a news release. “Blood shortages are not uncommon during the winter months, and these shortages could cause delays in patient care. But with the help of volunteer blood drive partners, the Red Cross can be better prepared to meet patient needs all winter long.”
To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive. Blood drive partners who host a drive between Dec. 20 and Jan. 6 will receive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirts for all who come to give, and if the partner achieves its donation goal, it will be recognized in a national newspaper highlighting its lifesaving work.