Webster community blood drive returns (with ice cream!)

25 May

The bi-annual Webster Community Blood Drive returns next week, on Wednesday and Thursday June 1 and 2, and it’s coming at a critical time.  

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis, its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. As a result, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments. 

So Webster, that means next week we really need to step up to the plate.   

The two-day drive will be held Wednesday June 1 and Thursday June 2, from noon to 7 p.m., both days at the Firemen’s Exempt Building, 172 Sanford St. 

Regular Community Blood Drive donors will be pleased to know that Bruster’s will once again be offering a coupon to every presenting donor, good for a free small cone or dish of ice cream.  The Red Cross will also be giving all donors a $5 e-gift card, good for use at a merchant of their choice. (Make sure your donor account is up to date so you can get the email.) 

Walk-ins will be accommodated, but it’s always best to make an appointment. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter “webstercommunity” to schedule your appointment. Or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). And make sure to fill out your RapidPass on the day of your donation to save at least 15 minutes. 

This is also your last opportunity to have your blood tested — for free — for COVID antibodies, which will be done for every donation through June 3.  

This is always one of the best-attended drives of the entire year, and the Red Cross really has come to count on our community in times like these. Let’s not let them down.

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