Additional blood drive

Thu, 08/05/2021 - 3:00pm

To the Editor,
Rhode Island and much of the country are in a blood shortage. Literally, the need for blood far exceeds the supply. Block Island is trying to do something to help. A seventh blood drive will be held this year on Wed., August 11, at Harbor Church from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Regular island donors should not give because it will be too close to our blood drive in September. So this drive is in the hope that visitors, or those who have never given before, will donate. This drive is for you. Please!
Here are some tips:
-Age 16 can give blood with a parent’s permission.
-Age 17 and older can donate, and there is no upper age cut-off. Those who have had Lyme disease may be eligible to give. Those who have had babesiosis can give after two years. If you have questions about eligibility, call (401) 453-5307 and speak with a specialist.
-Bring a photo ID.
Appointments are the preferred method of signing up. This will permit donations to be speeded up. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are best. You are essential. The need is greater than ever before. Give hope by giving blood.

Peter Greenman

Rhode Island Blood Center