Red Cross issuing emergency call for blood donors

Make an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors due to a severe winter blood shortage.

The Red Cross attributes the shortage to hectic holiday schedules and recent winter weather.

Blood drive at 22News Wednesday!

22News is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767. Donors must be 17 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health.

The Red Cross said they received about 37,000 fewer donations than needed during the months of November and December.

“Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Aly Barraza of the Massachusetts Red Cross Blood Services Region.  “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”

Donors must bring positive photo ID and will receive a $5 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts and an American Red Cross long-sleeve t-shirt for their donation, while supplies last.

Drivers can input the following address into their GPS or follow the directions below:

WWLP-22News
1 Broadcast Center
Chicopee, Ma. 01020

Directions to WWLP Traveling North

  • Take 91N to MA
  • Take 91N to Route 391N
  • Take exit 3, Willimansett/Westover
  • End of ramp take left
  • WWLP is on your left after underpass. Enter by reception area in front of building.

Directions to WWLP Traveling South

  • Take 91S to 391N
  • Take exit 3, Willimansett/Westover
  • End of ramp take left
  • WWLP is on your left after underpass. Enter by reception area in front of building.

Directions to WWLP Traveling East

  • Take I-90 East to exit 4, Spfld/Holyoke
  • Take 91S to 391N
  • Take exit 3, Willimansett/Westover
  • At end of ramp at stop sign, take left
  • WWLP is on your left after underpass. Enter by reception area in front of building.

Directions to WWLP Traveling West

  • Take I-90 West to exit 4, Spfld/Holyoke
  • Take 91S to Route 391N
  • Take exit 3, Willimansett/Westover
  • At end of ramp at stop sign, take left
  • WWLP is on your left after underpass. Enter by reception area in front of building.