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Red Cross Urges Blood Donations During National Shortage

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The American Red Cross is continuing to urge donors to give either blood or platelets to help continue the Red Cross’ mission in strengthening the national blood supply for the month of February. The easiest way to find where to donate is by visiting RedCrossBlood.org.


The blood type O is the most in need, the Red Cross says, but all blood types are encouraged to donate. With the month of February bringing potential uncertain weather systems which could lead to a disruption to the blood supply and affect blood products at hospitals. So far, thousands have donated either blood or platelets, but more are needed to combat a significant drop in the blood supply.

For those who give blood in the month of February will also receive a $20 Amazon gift card by email. Upcoming drives are happening in the City of Cortland, Cortlandville, Dryden, Lansing, and in Ithaca.

Cortland County:

City of Cortland:

  • 2/16/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Port Watson Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson Street
  • 2/29/2024: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., YWCA Cortland, 14 Clayton Ave

Cortlandville:

  • 2/13/2024: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CNY Living History Museum, 4386 US Route 11

Tompkins County:

Dryden:

  • 2/13/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dryden Veterans Mem Home, 2272 Dryden Road
  • 2/23/2024: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tompkins Cortland Community College, 170 North St
  • 2/28/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Dryden Fire Department, 26 North Street

Ithaca:

  • 2/14/2024: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora Street
  • 2/15/2024: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Cornell University Biotech Building, BioTech Building, 526 Campus Road
  • 2/17/2024: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, 114 Burleigh Dr
  • 2/23/2024: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tompkins County Library, 101 E Green Street
  • 2/26/2024: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church of Ithaca, 309 Highland Rd
  • 2/29/2024: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Vineyard Church of Ithaca, 23 Cinema Drive

Lansing:

  • 2/21/2024: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Lansing United Methodist Church, 32 Brickyard Rd

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