Ahead of Marathon anniversary, Red Cross holding blood drives

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  The American Red Cross is holding several blood drives this month as we approach the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings.

The community is being invited to donate and commemorate those whose lives were changed that day.

The American Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region provided nearly 600 blood products to Boston-area hospitals in response to the Boston Marathon bombings last year.

MBTA Police Officer Dic Donohue, who was wounded in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings required more than 46 blood products alone.  It reiterates the importance to contribute and be able to help those in an important time of need.

“Trauma patients like Officer Donohue are just one example of why it’s so important to donate blood or platelets. We are hosting a “Watertown Strong” blood drive in honor of Officer Donohue on Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Watertown High School on 50 Columbia Street. The blood drive is co-sponsored by the town of Watertown and Mount Auburn Hospital,” it said in a press release issued by the American Red Cross.

Several area blood drives are being held this April in honor of the courageous individuals whose lives were forever changed by the bombings.

Here are some  western Massachusetts blood donation sites:

Springfield American Red Cross

Site: Springfield Blood Donation Center, 3500 Main St., Springfield

Time: 12:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Sunderland Fire Department

Site: Sunderland Fire Dept, 105 River Rd., Sunderland

Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Moose Family Center

Site: 244 Fuller Rd., Chicopee

Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Westfield Community

Site: St. John’s Lutheran Church

Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

University of Massachusetts

Site: University of Massachusetts Student Union, 41 Campus Center Way, Amherst

Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Site: 30 Locust St., Northampton

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Thornes Market

Site: 150 Main St., Northampton

Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

You can make an appointment to donate at one of the drives above by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting here.

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