As we head into Summertime here in Western New York and more people plan on being out and about, there is a critical need for blood in the area.

According to ConnectLife, there is a blood emergency here in Western New York.

WHAT IS A BLOOD EMERGENCY?

The local blood supply has dropped a dangerously low level. There has been a 20% increase in hospital utilization of blood due to traumas and surgeries which has led to a destabilization of supply. ConnectLife currently has less than a one-day supply of type O blood, and a 2-day supply of all other blood types.

HOW CAN I HELP AND DONATE BLOOD?

It is very easy to set up an appointment to become a blood donor with ConnectLife. You can am an appointment online HERE or you can call 716-529-4270. If you can also make blood donations with the American Red Cross by signing up HERE or calling 716-886-7500.

HOW DO I KNOW I AM ELIBLGLE TO DONATE? 

If you want to give blood you will need to be in good health, over the age of 16, and weigh over 110lbs. Also if you have been vaccinated for COVID-19 you can still make a blood donation. There is no waiting period for giving blood after getting the COVID-19 vaccination, it will depend on how well you feel.

WHERE DOES THE BLOOD GO?

ConnectLife is the primary supplier of blood for WNY, including Kaleida Health, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System, and Bradford Regional Medical Center. Blood donated to the American Red Cross in Western New York will first be used for emergencies here in the area before being allowed to be shipped to other disaster areas.

CAN I DO SOMETHING ELSE TO HELP BESIDES DONATE BLOOD? 

Sure, you can always set up your own Blood drive at your workplace, kids' school, church, or other group meetings. Both ConnectLife and The American Red Cross also take monetary donations to help with blood drives and other blood supply-related events.

 

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