SOUTHWICK – The American Red Cross is reminding people about their blood drive on Monday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Southwick Town Hall.
According to Nicole Duffus, an Account Manager for the American Red Cross office in Springfield, they have 22 donors already signed up.
Despite the number of donors that have pre-registered, Duffus wants to remind the community that there’s an emergency need for all blood types.
Recently, Kelly Isenor, the External Communications Manager for the American Red Cross Massachusetts, informed the Westfield News that there’s a high demand for Type O negative blood. Known as the “universal donor,” type O negative blood can be provided to any patient of any blood type.
Isenor emphasized the importance of having blood donated to the American Red Cross.
“At this point, the (American) Red Cross has approximately a three-day supply on hand nationwide to meet the needs of hospital partners,” said Isenor. “A five-day supply is ideal, which is why we are considering this an emergency need.”
People who want to donate blood at the Southwick Town Hall on Monday are urged to make an appointment but walks-ins will be accepted. To make an appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.