Auxiliary blood drive at Mountainside

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Margaretville — The Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, July 26 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Mountainside.
Blood donors must be over the age of 18. Reservations are appreciated for the Blood Drive and may be made by calling 800 733-2767. Walk-ins are also welcome. Mountainside is located at 42158 State Route 28, Margaretville.

As a special thank you, all presenting donors will receive a coupon redeemable for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48-ounce container of Turkey Hill’s all natural ice cream.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donations and the Mountainside event will assist in these efforts.

Red Cross officials note the following information:
• Many fewer donors than expected gave blood during June and the first week of July, leading the Red Cross to issue an emergency request for donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – to make an appointment to donate.
• Donations were down about 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood donations as regular donors delay giving s they adjust to summer schedules.
• Every day, the Red Cross must collect almost 17,000 pints of blood for patients at nearly 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.
• Your blood donation can help save more than one life.
For additional information, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800 733-2767) to find another blood donation opportunity.