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After Natural Disasters, Red Cross Hosting Blood Drives

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As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.

Hurricane Irma has forced the cancellation of dozens of Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast, resulting in more than 2,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions. Volunteer blood and platelet donors are the only source for blood products needed by hospital patients.

Individuals in parts of the country unaffected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to give blood or platelets to help ensure a sufficient blood supply. All blood types are currently needed. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting here or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device here.

As a thank-you, those who donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

Upcoming Middlesex drives:

Acton

Sept. 28: 2-7 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Church, 89 Arlington Street

Burlington

Sept. 26: 1-7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn Street

Cambridge

Sept. 22: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lesley University, 1815 Mass. Avenue

Chelmsford

Sept. 24: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive

East Pepperell

Sept. 26: 2-7 p.m., VFW, 55 Leighton Street

Framingham

Sept. 28: 2-7 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road

Malden

Sept. 25: 2-7 p.m., Saint Joseph’s Church, 790 Salem Street

Marlboro

Sept. 27: 2:30-7:30 p.m., Marlboro Masonic Hall, 8 Newton Street