Community blood drive planned to support area first responders

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Tompkins County Emergency Response and the American Red Cross will co-host a community blood drive on May 13 to support area first responders, taking place from 1-5 pm in the Ithaca Mall at 40 Catherwood Road.

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“I can’t think of a better to way to honor the men and women who put their lives on the line each day to keep their communities safe than by taking a few short minutes to give the gift of life,” said Natalie Mattrazzo, Red Cross Account Manager for Tompkins and Cortland counties.

Organizers set a goal of collecting at least 39 units of blood; donors of all types are needed, especially O-negative, B-negative and A-negative.

Type O-negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone. It’s often used to treat trauma patients.

For information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS. Sign up online at

“With a simple blood donation, you have the ability to help save the life of someone who could be a coworker, loved one or neighbor,” said Geoff Dunn, Community Preparedness Coordinator with TC Emergency Response. ”We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.”

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases; along with premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

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