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Red Cross seeks blood donations

Posted 5/23/22

Elvis Presley is known for being the first global rock and roll icon. He was also a blood donor. While times have changed, the need for blood has not − donors can leave a lasting legacy …

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Red Cross seeks blood donations

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Elvis Presley is known for being the first global rock and roll icon. He was also  a blood donor.

While times have changed, the need for blood has not − donors can leave a lasting legacy themselves by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation with the American Red Cross. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

In honor of the new Baz Luhrmann film, Elvis, all who come to give in the month of June will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including round-trip airfare to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and Elvis Entourage VIP tour, courtesy of Graceland, and a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar.

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Final days of COVID-19 antibody testing

All Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through June 3. Donors can learn if their donation has the antibody levels needed to potentially help COVID-19 patients with a weakened immune system.

Upcoming blood drives:

Barneveld — Friday, June 3, 1 to 6 p.m., Town of Trenton Municipal Center, 8520 Old Poland Road;

Boonville — Friday, June 10, 1 to 6 p.m., Harland J Hennessey Veterans of Foreign Wars, 108 Park Ave.;

Camden — Wednesday, June 1, 1 to 6 p.m., St. John’s the Evangelist Church, 35 Third St.;

Canastota — Thursday, June 9, 1 to 6 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3835 Canal Road;

Cazenovia — Thursday, June 2, 1 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 88, 26 Chenango St.;

Chittenango — Wednesday, June 8, 1 to 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 118 Arch St.;

Clinton — Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Katherine Luther Home, 110 Utica St.;

Hamilton — Wednesday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 27 Broad St.

Herkimer — Monday, June 6, 1 to 6 p.m., Frank J. Basloe Library, 245 N. Main St.;

Little Falls — Monday, June 6, Noon to 5 p.m., Little Falls Senior Center, 524 E. Main St..;

Madison — Thursday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Madison High School, 7303 Route 20;

Mohawk — Tuesday, June 7, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 25, 43 W. Main St.;

New York Mills — Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., New York Mills Fire Department, 379 Main St.;

Oneida — Friday, June 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Oneida Health, 607 Seneca St.; Friday, June 10, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 551 Sayles St.;

Rome — Friday, June 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St.;

Utica — Thursday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, 2209 Genesee St.; Thursday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Redeemer Church, 931 Herkimer Road; Wednesday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Faxton St Luke’s Health Care, 1656 Champlin Ave.;

Westmoreland — Friday, June 3, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Westmoreland Fire Department, 100 Station Road.

Blood drive safety

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors.

Appointments

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive. Appointments cna be made on the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting the website RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

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