Gowanda’s ‘Communities That Care’ blood drive Wednesday

BUFFALO – Summer might be winding down, but the village of Gowanda is just getting started when it comes to helping save lives. Gowanda residents are encouraged to give blood with the American Red Cross at the annual “Communities That Care” blood drive Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 409 on Legion Drive in Gowanda.

The Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need. In order to prevent a shortage and ensure lifesaving blood products are available, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

Blood and platelets are needed for patients with many serious medical conditions, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and cancer patients. A “Community That Cares” blood drive is a Red Cross initiative to engage local citizens and boost regional blood supplies by enlisting community support. All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a free T-shirt.

All presenting donors can enjoy a picnic with free hot dogs. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800 RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.