Wednesday is Blood Donation Day in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is going through a blood shortage crisis, and they need your help to assist those in need.

Numbers that speak louder than words, the state of Massachusetts and many other states across the nation are going through an extreme blood shortage.

The summer months are typically slow for blood donation because many people go away on vacation and many students are away at school.

In response to the blood shortage crisis, Governor Charlie Baker declared Wednesday, Blood Donation Day in Massachusetts.

“The reality is, patients, need blood every single day, every two seconds someone in this country needs a blood transfusion, and it is our responsibility,” said Ana Parrelli, district manager at the American Red Cross.

Anyone can give blood as long as they’re 18-years-old or older, and weigh at least 110 pounds. 22News spoke to one man from Somers who’s been donating for several years.

“I used to donate regular blood and now I donate platelets, and once I realized what it was for cancer patients, I’ve kept on doing it for a few years,” said John Melo of Somers, CT.

The American Red Cross is accepting all blood types.

Blood Donation Day in Massachusetts is part of National Blood Donation Week that goes until September 10.

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