MANCHESTER — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.
During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of December 21 through January 1.
“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Rockingham County include: Derry: Fri., January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Calvary Bible Church of Derry, 145 Hampstead Road; Exeter: Wed., January 29, 12:00-5:00 p.m., The Congregational Church in Exeter, 21 Front Street; Fremont: Thurs., January 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Fremont Safety Complex, 425 Main Street; Hampton: Fri., January 24, 1:00-6:00 p.m., United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Rd; Kingston: Mon., January 27, 12:00-5:00 p.m., Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane; Newington: Mon., January 20, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Cisco Brewers, 35 Corporate Drive; Newton: Wed., January 29, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Road; Northwood: Wed., January 22, 3:00-7:00 p.m., Coe-Brown Academy, 907 First New Hampshire Turnpike; Plaistow: Tues., January 28, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main Street; Portsmouth: Thurs., January 16, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Best Western Plus Wynwood Hotel & Suites, 580 US Hwy 1 Bypass and Tues., January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Keller Williams Coastal Realty, Keller Williams Costal Realty, 750 Lafayette Rd; Rye: Tues., January 28, 2:00-7:00 p.m., Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Rd; Salem: Thurs., January 23, 1:00-7:00 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main St.; Windham: Thurs., January 23: 1:00-6:00 p.m., Windham Presbyterian Church, 1 Church Road.
Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Donors living in New Hampshire have the opportunity to give blood or platelets at the Manchester Red Cross Blood Donation Center. For hours of operation and to make an appointment, view the Manchester Red Cross Blood Donation Center information on RedCrossBlood.org.