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Red Cross calls for new donors to prevent a blood shortage

BURLINGTON, VT — The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer and fall.
While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Nationwide and in Vermont, about one-third fewer new donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.
While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually do. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes. Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:
• As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.
• Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.
• Have a healthy meal before the donation.
• Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
• Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.
• Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.
“Every day, we have thousands of lives to help save, but blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months,” said Mary Brant, external communications manager, Northern New England Blood Services Region. “In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a lifesaving difference for cancer patients, accident victims and others in need.”
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
 
Sidebar:
Upcoming Blood Drives around Addison County:
American Legion Middlebury
49 Wilson Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753 
Sept. 12, 2017 | 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
 
Middlebury Parks & Recreation
154 Creek Road
Middlebury, VT 05753 
Sept. 13, 2017 | 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM
 
Shoreham Congregational Church
28 School Rd.
Shoreham, VT 05770 
Sept. 15, 2017 | 10:00 AM- 3:30 PM
 
Mount Abraham High School
7 Airport Drive
Bristol, VT 05443 
Sept. 19, 2017 | 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM
 
Middlebury EMS Building
55 Collins Dr
Middlebury, VT 05753 
Sept. 25, 2017 9:30 AM- 2:30 PM

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