Largest blood drive in western Mass. today

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- The need for blood donations goes up during summer months, but the amount of donations tend to decline.

Currently, only about 5% of Americans donate to the American Red Cross, and every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

22News has teamed up with the American Red Cross, Six Flags New England and the Big E for the largest donation drive in western Massachusetts.
The Super Blood Drive is Wednesday at the Eastern states exposition’s Better Living Center from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Donating will take 45 minutes to an hour.

Donors must be at least 17-years old and a minimum of 110 pounds, and generally in good health.

Each presenting blood donor is helping save a life and will also receive a free Six Flags ticket.

You can call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit RedCrossblood.org to make an appointment and help spread the message on social media with #ChooseYourDay.

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