Upcoming blood drives at Ithaca and Dryden Fire Depts and around town

The Ithaca Fire Department’s “Sound the Alarm” blood drive this Saturday and Dryden Fire Department’s drive next Sunday are among several coming up around the area. The American Red Cross says there’s an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to help prevent a shortage. Blood supplies around the country have been strained by recent disaster relief efforts and the large number of shooting victims this week in Las Vegas.

An American Red Cross blood drive. Photo by Renee Abu-Zaghibra/The Skyline View used under Creative Commons license.

This Saturday’s drive is in the apparatus room in IFD’s Central Fire Station at 310 West Green Street from 10am-3pm. Everyone coming to the blood drive can sign up for a free smoke detector and installation thanks to IFD’s “Sound the Alarm” campaign. The drive is hosted by IFD and the Ithaca Professional Firefighters Association.

Next weekend, Dryden Fire Department is hosting their own “Sound the Alarm” blood drive, on Sunday, October 15 from 9am-2pm in the DFD meeting hall at 26 North Street in Dryden. They’re offering free smoke detectors, as well.

“Busy schedules are leading to less blood on the shelves,” say Red Cross representatives, who say donations tend to drop during the summer months, with many families planning travel before school resumes. Donation opportunities in the next few weeks are a chance to help keep the supply intact.

Other blood drives near Ithaca include today at Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Hall from 11:30am-4:30pm, Friday October 6 at Center Ithaca from 12-5pm and at Cornell’s Robert Purcell Community Center from 2-7pm, Monday October 9 at Cornell’s Anabel Taylor Hall from 11:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday October 10 at Beechtree Care Center from 10am-3pm, Wednesday, October 11 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles from 1:30-6:30pm, and Thursday, October 12 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church from 11am-5pm.

Walk-in donors are welcome when there’s room, but the American Red Cross is grateful when people make donation appointments in advance at www.redcrossblood.org. Anyone who’s healthy, age 16 and over, and weighing 110 pounds or more, can give blood.

Regular donations of all blood types are needed, but type O negative donations are especially helpful. O is the “universal donor;” that blood type can be given to nearly any patient. Donors always get a snack and something to drink to begin replenishing their fluids and blood sugar levels.

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