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Be a Part of the Lifesaving Cause at the American Red Cross Blood Drive

July 8, 2024
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The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Congregation Or Shalom on July 16, 2024, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is located at 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT 06477.

According to the American Red Cross, blood donations are essential to maintain a safe blood supply for those in need of transfusions. Blood transfusions are needed for a variety of reasons, including accidents, surgeries, and chronic illnesses.

How to Donate Blood

If you are interested in donating blood, you can schedule an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  You can also download the Blood Donor App.

What to Expect at the Blood Drive

The blood donation process typically takes about an hour. Here's a general overview of what to expect:

  • Registration: When you arrive at the blood drive, you will need to register and provide identification.
  • Medical screening: A healthcare professional will take your temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. They will also ask you about your medical history and travel history.
  • Donation: The actual blood donation process takes about 10-12 minutes. You will be seated in a comfortable chair and a needle will be inserted into a vein in your arm. Blood will be collected into a bag.
  • Refreshments: After you donate blood, you will be given refreshments and asked to relax for a few minutes.

Donating blood is a safe and easy way to help save lives. If you are eligible to donate blood, please consider scheduling an appointment at the upcoming blood drive.

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