SPRINGVILLE—Hosting an event that brings a community together to better the lives of the people we live with is hardly a new concept, however, The American Red Cross “Communities That Care” blood drive embodies the concept of bettering the lives in our community more than other events, because the outcome actually saves lives.
On Wednesday, July 16, residents of Springville, Concord and the other Southern Tier communities will be able to participate in their own “Communities That Care” Drive. The blood drive will have a direct impact on area hospitals. The event will be taking place from 1-7 p.m., at the Springville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall, which is located on West Main Street in Concord.
“A ‘Communities That Care’ blood drive is a drive that we try to get the entire community to come out and support regional blood supply,” said Cara Leyna Noble, the external communications manager for the N.Y.-Penn Region with American Red Cross.
According to the American Red Cross, during the summer months, there are roughly two fewer blood donors at every Red Cross blood drive than what hospital patients need, which in turn can add up the 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
“Many people say they never fully understood the importance of donating blood until they or someone they love needed it,” said Kay E. Schwartz, CEO, of the Red Cross N.Y.-Penn Blood Services Region. “Donors are needed every single day to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients this summer and throughout the year.” To help avoid a blood shortage, the Red Cross started events like the “Communities That Care” drive, in hopes of bringing more donors during the summer.
Although someone with type O-negative blood, is especially encouraged to donate, as O-negative is universally compatible with all other types, the Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all blood types. For those who feel they do not have the time, or may be squeamish about donating, Noble would like them to think about the great impact they could have on someone’s life. “Anyone who is eligible to donate should absolutely come out, you’re doing a great purpose for your community, and it only takes about an hour of your time,” said Noble. “You get started with a health screening, and will only be on the table giving blood for about 15 minutes, after you recover by having a snack and relaxing. In that one hour, you can save up to three lives, and that’s pretty amazing.”
All donors who participate in the July 16 blood drive, will receive a free T-shirt and enjoy free pizza from Tim and Bonnies Pizza, Julie’s Restaurant and Main Street Pizza. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800 RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.