Blood drive on Saturday – Make a difference and get some Dunkin’s

by beth on February 5, 2015

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Algonquin students are asking the community to donate blood this weekend

New England’s blood supply is depleted. Recent road conditions and winter illnesses have reduced donations in our area.

Red Cross needs an infusion to their supply.

As an extra incentive, Dunkin’ Donuts is providing a $5 gift card. It’s part of their “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign.

ARHS’ American Red Cross Club drive is Saturday, February 7 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. You can schedule your appointment online here or by calling (800) 733-2767.

Organizers remind that Donating Blood Saves Lives.

In case you need more convincing, here’s more information from the Red Cross

Due to the most recent storm, 100 drives have been cancelled and 3,300 donations went uncollected. This is on top of a collections shortfall of several thousand donations due to storms earlier this month. Despite the weather, hospital patients still need blood and platelet donations. Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to give now.

At this time last year in Boston, nine-year-old Jacqueline’s heart surgery was postponed due to a shortage of type O negative blood at the hospital where she was being treated. Ultimately, Jacqueline had her surgery and is a healthy, active child thanks in part to blood donors.

She will celebrate her 10th birthday this February. Generous blood donors who give help the Red Cross ensure blood continues to be available for patients like Jacqueline this winter.

(Image from Red Cross)

1 Suzy Green February 5, 2015 at 9:31 PM

Thank you, Beth, for the important community information that you share including the significance of donating blood. The students in the American Red Cross club at Algonquin hope that they have terrific community participation in the event! If it does not work into a person’s schedule to donate this Saturday, the ARC has a blood donation center on Plantation Street in Worcester, near the UMass Medical School, where individuals can donate blood or platelets throughout the week (scheduling can be done through RedCrossBlood.org or (800) 733-2767.

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