BRATTLEBORO >> During National Preparedness Month in September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a readily available blood supply for emergencies.
Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale emergency, it's the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed.
Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give Sept. 2 through 6, the Red Cross is providing a branded duffel bag, while supplies last.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Brattleboro at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 54 Chickering Drive, Unit 1, Sept. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
During the most recent blood donor day on Aug. 9, a total of 65 pints was donated.
Multiple and one gallon donors included Edwin O. Smith, 14 gallons; Gillian Petit, nine gallons; William Forchion, four gallons; and George P. James III, one gallon. First-time donors included Matthew Cole, Steven Ovenden and Mary Strafuss.