July 4, 2022

Severe weather causes blood shortage: Drive Essex Town Hall Feb. 4

The severe winter weather throughout much of the United States has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations.  The result is the lowest blood supply in any January for a decade.  Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion.  Blood is perishable and has no substitute.  Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days.  So as is obvious, there is a critical need for donors now.

 We are making this appeal hoping that it will get the attention of potential donors who have not yet made appointments for our drive at Essex Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 4 starting a 1:00 p.m.  The last appointments are scheduled at 6:00 p.m. and the doors remain open until 6:15 p.m.

We welcome walk-ins at these drives, but please be aware that priority is given to those with appointments.  The Red Cross relies on the appointment schedule for planning and staffing of the drives. 

Appointments can be made by calling the Red Cross at (800)733-2767, or at their website: redcrossblood.org.  If you are a first-time donor, the website will describe the procedure so that you can get comfortable with the process. We hope to see you there!