Plattsburgh, N.Y. – There is a blood shortage in the North Country region and the Adirondack Regional Blood Center, a program of the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), is hoping North Country Residents will come out and donate blood.
This program can collect around 500 units per month between donations at the Blood Center as well as mobile drives but as of right now, the blood bank is on track to collect 100 fewer units than usual for the month, a 20 percent drop.
“We are worried that our supply could fall even further as the summer progresses,” Nancy Roberts, RN with the Adirondack Regional Blood Center said. “With things opening up and more people wanting to go on vacation, there are a lot of potential distractions that could keep donors from coming in. But, the need for blood doesn’t go away.”
Blood banks around the country are seeing a trend of sever blood shortages because of elective surgeries, organ transplants and requiring emergency care. Roberts pointed out that summer tends to be a busy time for local blood banks because in addition to fewer donations there is typically more traumas as people venture back outside.
Roberts is encouraging anyone who is healthy, able, and willing to donate blood and to make an appointment.
“Think about all the people out there you can help,” she said. “Whether it’s a cancer victim or a family that was in a bad car wreck. What if it is someone you care about who needs blood? Your donation today could save a life tomorrow.”
There are 18 blood drives that The Blood Center has set up in the month of July. Check out dates, times, and locations to donate below:
|Thursday, July 1||4 p.m. – 8 p.m.||Cumberland 12 Cinemas|
|Friday, July 2||10 a.m. – 4 p.m.||CVPH Auditoriums|
|Monday, July 5||3 p.m. – 6 p.m.||Willsboro Fire Department|
|Tuesday, July 6||3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Bloomingdale Fire Department|
|Thursday, July 8||12 p.m. – 3 p.m.||St. Lawrence County Human|
|Friday, July 9||9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Burke Adult Center|
|Monday, July 12||3 p.m. – 6 p.m.||Essex Fire Department|
|Tuesday, July 13||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.||First Congregational Church,|
|Wednesday, July 14||12 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Massena Neighborhood|
|Thursday, July 15||4 p.m. – 7 p.m.||Holy Name Church/Ausable|
Knights of Columbus
|Monday, July 19||4 p.m. – 7 p.m.||West Chazy Fire Department|
|Tuesday, July 20||4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.||Altona Fire Department|
|Wednesday, July 21||4 p.m. – 7 p.m.||Chazy American Legion|
|Thursday, July 22||3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.||Mooers Fire Department|
|Friday, July 23||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Curtis Lumber Ray Brook|
|Wednesday, July 28||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Alice Hyde Medical Center|
|Thursday, July 29||3 p.m. – 6 p.m.||Westport Federated Church|
|Friday, July 30||8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Clinton County Government|
If you plan on donating you should bring your blood donor card or another form of identifications with you.
The Donor Center at 85 Plaza Blvd, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. tp 4 p.m.
Learn more about the Adirondack Regional Blood Center, giving blood and becoming a sponsor a UVMHealth.org/GiveBlood or call (518) 562-7406.