Below is a press release from the Red Cross:
BOSTON, MA — The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.
As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood donation, but blood and platelets are needed daily to help patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.
As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting http://RedCrossBlood.org calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows standards for safety and infection control, and additional precautions — including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff — have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.
The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts to help ensure a stable blood supply. For information or to sign up to sponsor a drive, visit http://RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.
The following are blood donation opportunities taking place May 15-31 in Middlesex County:
May 26: 2-7 p.m., Arlington American Legion Post 39, 370 Mass. Ave.
May 30: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Boston Church of Christ, 75 Pleasant St.
May 27: 2-7 p.m., Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road
May 26: 1-7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.
May 21: 1-6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 65 Binney St.
May 23: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Reservoir Church, 170 Rindge Ave.
May 26: 3:15-8 p.m., Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.
May 28: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Reservoir Church, 170 Rindge Ave.
May 21: 2-7 p.m., MetroWest Medical Center, 85 Lincoln St.
May 28: 2-7 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road
May 27: 2-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Bedford St.
May 28: 2-7 p.m., Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road
May 22: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chelmsford American Legion, 90 Groton Road
May 27: 2-7 p.m., North Reading Moose, 140 North St.
May 27: 2-7 p.m., Good Samaritan Lodge, AF & AM, 110 Haven St.
May 22: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road
May 28: 1:30-7 p.m., Masonic Hall, 70 Victor Drive
May 21: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Watertown Sons of Italy, 520 Pleasant St.
May 31: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road
May 26: 1-7 p.m., Wilmington Masonic Lodge, 32 Church St.
May 23: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Spirit of Adventure Council, 2 Tower Office Park
May 28: 2-7 p.m., Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St.
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