22News to host Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday

Hampden County

If you’ve decided to make your New Years Resolution giving more you have a great opportunity to do so Thursday in Chicopee. 

The Giving Season has a officially ended, but if you weren’t able to make a charitable donation last year, 22News is giving you the chance.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday you can help save a life by participating in our American Red Cross Blood Drive.

The month of January is also National Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

The blood drive will be held at  1 Broadcast Center, Chicopee, Ma, at our 22News studios, and there’s plenty of parking for all donors. 

22News spoke with the District Manager of the western Massachusetts Chapter of the Red Cross who said, currently their supply is ok but that the shelf life for blood is short.

The Red Cross is need of all blood types, but there’s one specific type of blood they’re in desperate need of. 

“Type O, O positive, and O negative. They are the universal blood donors and O positive is the most common blood type,” said Ana Parrelli, District Manager of the Western Massachusetts Red Cross. “So we just want to make sure the supply is robust enough to handle anything that comes our way.”

Parrelli also stressed the need for platelet donations. 

“That is liquid gold. Cancer patients use platelets more than anybody else,” said Parrelli.

Platelets can only be donated at Red Cross donor centers and will not be collected during the blood drive at 22News. 

If you want to get involved in our blood drive, it’s simple. You can schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or by visiting  redcrossblood.org and entering code 7258.

Each donor will get a $5 Dunkin’ electronic gift card and a long sleeve Red Cross t-shirt.

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