SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)–The summer months mean a shortage of blood donations. 22news is working for you with ways you can help keep the blood supply up this summer.
The need for blood donations goes up slightly in the summer months but the amount of donations coming into the Red Cross decline.
Representatives from the Red Cross told 22News the need for a hearty supply of blood in hospitals is a little higher during the summer as the number of accidents and emergencies goes up slightly but there is also the need to maintain enough blood for patients who regularly get transfusions like patients getting chemotherapy and dealing with other illnesses.
“When people are on vacation and not thinking about blood the supply naturally drops. We also see an increase in blood usage because people are out being more active and the need just naturally goes up a little bit,” Ana Parrelli said.
Currently, only about 5% of Americans donate to the American Red Cross, and every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S needs blood. These donations help from accidents to chemotherapy patients in need of blood transfusions.
22News is teaming up with the American Red Cross and Six Flags for the largest donation drive in Western Mass. That’s on July 9th at the Eastern States Exposition from 12 P.M.- 7 P.M. it is
Donating will only take 45 minute to an hour. You can pre-register online by going to www.redcrossblood.org
The American Red Cross told 22News that even if you are traveling, you can make an appointment at the nearest donor location, because you don’t have to belong to a certain center.
Donors must be at least 17-years old and a minimum of 110 pounds, and generally in good health.