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Red Cross Seeking Local Blood Donors

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The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer might be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and power red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through August 31, 2017 will be emailed a $5 Target e-gift card.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting here or calling 1800RED CROSS (18007332767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire here.

Acton

  • Aug. 24: 2 – 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Church, 89 Arlington Street

Arlington

  • Aug. 22: 2 – 7 p.m., Arlington Knights of Columbus, 15 Winslow Street

Belmont 

  • Aug. 28: 1 – 6 p.m., Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue

Burlington

  • Aug. 18: 12 – 6 p.m., Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road
  • Aug. 22: 1 – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn Street
  • Aug. 29: 1 – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn Street

Cambridge

  • Aug. 17: 1 – 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 65 Binney Street
  • Aug. 25: 1 – 6 p.m., Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street
  • Aug. 31: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Building 200, 200 Technology Square

Lexington

  • Aug. 18: 2 – 7 p.m., Avalon at Lexington Hills, 1000 Main Campus Drive
  • Aug. 23: 2 – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Bedford Street
  • Aug. 23: 2 – 7 p.m., Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road

Medford 

  • Aug. 20: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Avenue