Red Cross holds blood drive in Springfield

The Red Cross is in need of blood donors of all types

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield blood drive on the second floor of City Hall Thursday from 9AM – 2PM.

They partnered with the American Red Cross, an organization that’s in desperate need of blood donors.

“If I can give something like why not because there’s plenty of people out there that do need it,” said Kurt Longri of Bloomfield, CT. “It’s a really good feeling to do that.”

The Red Cross had nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations in May and June than were needed. They typically have less blood donations during the summer, due to more people traveling and taking vacations. The Red Cross supplies 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.

It takes less than an hour to donate blood and in the end could save up to three lives. Many of those donating at Springfield City Hall on Thursday were city employees.

“The Red Cross are the number one responders and I enjoy giving back to the community,” said Linda Dion of Agawam.

“First time I did it I was 17, so I’ve been giving blood for 40 years, you have to give blood,” said Michael Cass of Springfield.

Most of the blood in Thursday’s blood drive will be donated to local hospitals, including Baystate and Mercy Medical Centers.