The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors throughout the New York-Penn Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which forced 56 regional blood drives to cancel and blood donations to shut down, causing about 1,480 donations to go uncollected. There is a critical need for platelet and type O negative donors.
Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The following local blood drives are scheduled:
• In Ogdensburg, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Ogdensburg Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford St.;
• In Potsdam, March 28, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Potsdam Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St.;
• In Harrisville, March 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Harrisville Central School, 14371 Pirate Lane.