Where to donate: American Red Cross has emergency need for blood

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As the summer comes to an end, the Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations, and they’re losing one of their highest-profile collection methods.

The Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations, this as mobile blood drives become a thing of the past.

As the summer quickly comes to an end, the American Red Cross is asking for donations to replenish the blood supply so they can be prepared for patient emergencies. A mobile blood drive was held at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton Tuesday to help with its shortage.

“It’s essential, it’s life-giving and the world is good people and you try to take care of good people and this is a thing I can do so I do,” said Ben Benson of Northampton.

In order to donate blood or platelets you must be at least 17-years-old, in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and have a photo ID. Donating platelets takes about 60 to 120 minutes. But, giving the gift of life is about to become a little more difficult in western Massachusetts.

The Red Cross said these mobile blood drives will soon become a thing of the past because of what it calls “challenging economic conditions in the blood industry.”

Mobile blood drives are set up at places like schools and churches to make it more convenient for people to donate. The move could affect as many as 68 Red Cross positions in western and central Massachusetts.

The Red Cross will continue to collect blood and platelets at its donation centers at 150 Brookdale Drive in Springfield and in Worcester. They said any mobile blood drives that are already planned, will still take place.

Visit your local American Red Cross mobile:

Springfield

  • 8/13/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/14/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/15/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/16/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/17/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/18/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/19/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/20/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/21/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., BKaye Realty, 1260 Sumner Ave.
  • 8/23/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tower Square, 1500 Main Street
  • 8/24/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/25/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/26/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/27/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/28/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/30/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., TD Bank, 1441 Main Street
  • 8/30/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive
  • 8/31/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Springfield Blood Donation Center, 150 Brookdale Drive

West Springfield

  • 8/17/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield Street

Westfield

  • 8/21/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Western Massachusetts Hospital, 91 East Mountain Road

Hampshire County

Amherst

  • 8/14/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street
  • 8/16/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University of Massachusetts, 1 Campus Center Way
  • 8/19/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University of Massachusetts, 1 Campus Center Way
  • 8/28/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Red Barn, 893 West Street

Hadley

  • 8/24/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hadley Elementary, 21 River Drive
  • 8/26/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hampshire Mall, 367 Russell Street

Leeds

  • 8/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Northampton VA Hospital, 421 North Main St

Northampton

  • 8/13/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street
  • 8/22/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 & 37 Coles Meadow Road
  • 8/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street

Ware

  • 8/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Melha Shriners / Ware Campus, 128 W. Main Street

Williamsburg

  • 8/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Williamsburg First Congregational Church, 4 North Main Street

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