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The American Red Cross recently said it had less than a three-day supply of type O blood and is asking for donations of all types of blood to replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. The Red Cross is holding several blood drives across the North Country this month to increase its supply.

When was the last time you donated blood?

41.7% -- Over one year

38% -- Never

9.2% -- In last 6 months

8%-- In last 30 days

1.8% -- In last year

Total responses: 163

Comments: 55

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They won't take mine anymore.

1/19/2020 8:39 PM

I have given about 22 gals. over the yrs, as i got older=medicine i take can't give anymore.

1/19/2020 7:45 AM

Tried to donate several years ago but my veins are too small. Gave me a hematoma from my wrist to almost under my armpit.

1/18/2020 9:36 AM

Are you kidding? I don't give blood for people who make more than me. I'm being bled dry paying taxes to support an overpaid population of taxpayer funded employees like civil servants, police, prison guards, schoolteachers and college teachers. They are paid better in their communities than others and get benefits, and then retire at a young age and move away for the winter, where they have official residences in other low-tax states, taking tax funded retirements along with them. They don't give back, so why should I give blood to support these people who make a lot more than me at minimum wage and three jobs?

1/18/2020 9:27 AM

I had to stop because of health issues.

1/17/2020 3:37 PM

passed out cold, horrible experience

1/17/2020 1:40 PM

I have donated 15+ times but it has been several years since the last time. Blood drives at work or on campus make it easier to donate.

1/16/2020 10:09 PM

I would love to. I don't know what I need to do. Maybe an article about who can and can't donate. The steps on what one would have to do and a nice schedule of the upcoming blood drives would help. Just saying...

1/16/2020 5:24 PM

I used to donate all the time since I have a very rare blood type. However, after 3 times with my vein popping because the attendant didn't know how to put the needle in correctly, I gave up. Funny I never have a problem having blood drawn at the hospital. When the Red Cross trains people correctly to do the job, I might start donating again. Until then... nope

1/16/2020 1:53 PM

People give away there blood as a donation of their own and from their body. The banks give away the money from their shareholders to organizations as if it were theirs... O , wait , they do pay them a measly 1/2 of 1 percent interest , while they charge many times that for loans. METHssena wonders why people can’t get ahead and are leaving the ignorance of the area.

1/16/2020 10:53 AM

at least 4 times a year

1/16/2020 9:14 AM

I'm pregnant or I would!

1/16/2020 7:59 AM

My husband is type O and the Red Cross has been very good about reminding him to donate and offering him incentives. We joke about how he has “better blood” because he is a universal donor Red Cross rock star, and I am a type A plebeian :)

1/16/2020 7:59 AM

I have been a regular blood donor and recently surpassed the 20 gallon mark. Donate to save lives.

1/16/2020 7:12 AM

I'm O+ and I go as often as I can! You should too!

1/15/2020 3:04 PM

Back in early 80s got bad blood from a transfusion. No thanks to the untested donors back then.

1/15/2020 12:09 PM

They make it too difficult to donate blood nowadays. That is why the supply is so low.

1/15/2020 9:57 AM

I still have a donation card filled with dates and worn on the edges. I was a faithful donor, up until the point that being homosexual and donating was not compatible. I completely understand the need for a safe blood supply, however the restrictions on donating blood for homosexual versus heterosexual persons is onerous, and I stopped donating(was stopped). Initially i felt trouble by being excluded from the donor pool. After years of reflection i am more angry than troubled. The red cross's policies, as i understand them are specifically "A male who has had sexual contact with another male in the past 12 months.". (copied from the Red Cross's webiste). Apparently you can be a heterosexual whore dog and give blood, but not a married homosexual man. The Red Cross has dug it's own grave, sadly. My prayer - Let's find a better way. The European Union uses the distinction of "sexual behavior" vs. sexual orientation. Hum..... Smarter than we are.

1/15/2020 8:47 AM

I haven’t donated blood since 1988. The AIDS crisis was starting and it was revealed the Red Cross hadn’t done everything they should have to protect the nation’s blood supply. While they scrambled to step up screening of donors, I felt harassed. I was severely chastised for taking a prescription for allergies. I had never used intravenous drugs or engaged in any risky behavior but for whatever reason, the nurse conducting the screening felt the need to yell. I went through with my donation but never went back. If that was the procedure I was going to encounter each time I donated they clearly didn’t appreciate it.

1/15/2020 6:09 AM

Every time there is a drive I try to stop an do it, my iron levels are always to low to give blood unfortunately, I do try!

1/15/2020 2:43 AM

Unable to give blood do to anemia, otherwise I would.

1/14/2020 11:23 PM

Because I went to Scotland in 1996, they won't accept my blood (type O). Did to the outbreak of mad cow disease.

1/14/2020 7:30 PM

Used to donate religiously and never missed a drive for the right reasons. 2 separate instances changed my participation. 1, a senior account manager unknowingly bragged to me on a flight how he was knocking down over a 100K in a recruitment effort. 2, it was disclosed to me that my A+ RH NEG blood when turned into plasma commands the higher price. Kinda explains the ever persistent phone reminders! The thought of donated blood being turned into plasma to sell to hospitals which bill those in dire need is sick. Donate does not equal profit

1/14/2020 6:54 PM

January 7. I donate via CVPH, and the blood stays local.

1/14/2020 5:02 PM

Honestly it has been too long. I will change that this year

1/14/2020 4:24 PM

I'm so lazy. Ugh.

1/14/2020 4:13 PM

I am unable to donate because of a medical condition and the medication I take for it.

1/14/2020 12:26 PM

Would if I could, but age and medical problems prohibit it.

1/14/2020 11:58 AM

Even if you can't donate, you can volunteer to help out at the blood drive.

1/14/2020 10:43 AM

I give it and they SELL it. If they GAVE it without cost, might be different

1/14/2020 9:52 AM

double red every 112 days

1/14/2020 9:40 AM

David Fisher is trying to get more hand outs for large farms,the local.taxpayer subdises his farm,,,

1/14/2020 9:38 AM


1/14/2020 6:49 AM

This is a great way to help people. And it only takes an hour

1/13/2020 8:32 PM

I had to wait for clearance from surgery to donate. Hopefully soon. That being said, I'm a multi-gallon donor and my children are donors now.

1/13/2020 7:01 PM

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be a good citizen and give blood

1/13/2020 6:40 PM

Would gladly do so, but I'm restricted by 1 RX

1/13/2020 6:12 PM


1/13/2020 6:01 PM

I can no longer donate blood. I use to donate regularly when I was in my 20s.

1/13/2020 5:01 PM

they make it too hard with all the thank you..

1/13/2020 3:20 PM

In the past I would give every two months, however I was increasingly running into situations where the staff was very rude so have stopped.

1/13/2020 12:18 PM

I started to give blood when I was 16 and continued until I was in my 50's. I gave many gallons of O+ over the years that I gave...and then I stopped. Why? Because the Red Cross continuously and endlessly harassed me to give more and more often. They were relentless and beyond I stopped.

1/13/2020 12:06 PM

I used to donate regularly years ago, but now I am anemic, immunosuppressed with end stage renal disease at risk for infections so I no longer can safely donate. I would however tell anyone healthy to please consider donating blood if they can as it does save lives. Someone among us sure helped to save mine when I needed blood.

1/13/2020 11:31 AM

They need to check for low iron the minute you walk in. I have O neg and have often been turned away after waiting 45 minutes! it's discouraging.

1/13/2020 11:09 AM

Anemic now. Wish I could.

1/13/2020 10:15 AM

I give blood when Dr. orders for tests. I pick finger for blood every morning. I hate needles!

1/13/2020 10:03 AM

I stopped giving blood when I was unable to pay the thousands of dollars required to buy health insurance. When the poor have the same health insurance as members of Congress and the President, then I'll donate again. Until then, enough blood is squeezed from me just to survive. The rich get richer at our expense. Let them donate blood. They can afford it.

1/13/2020 9:23 AM

I'm ashamed to admit it never

1/13/2020 8:52 AM

I donate every 8 weeks!

1/13/2020 8:21 AM

I try and donate every 3 months.I can't wait to see the unintelligent idiots some how make this about politics and Trump

1/13/2020 8:18 AM

Only a bleeding heart liberal would donate blood. My blood is mine, like God intended. You don't see Trump donating blood, for good reason.

1/13/2020 8:14 AM

I have hemochromatosis with iron overload, and while this is not spreadable, NYS will not allow me to donate blood. It has been controlled for a year, and my iron levels are within the normal range. I am O negative and am unable to donate blood or organs. RIDICULOUS!

1/13/2020 8:11 AM

Wade told not to give blood

1/13/2020 7:28 AM

started giving at age 66. wish i had started giving at an earlier age. such a worthwhile cause.

1/13/2020 7:21 AM

I don't qualify to donate.