It is no secret that the American Red Cross is facing a . This summer, the organization issued an appeal for blood donors, as the demand for blood products remains steady but donations have been at the lowest in more than a decade.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Arlington will have yet another chance to help out. The a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 630 Massachusetts Avenue.
Local musicians will be in hand to entertain donors with live performances. Names include the First Parish Choir, Iveria and Meg Candilore.
"Donating saves lives," said town resident Richard Hickey in July, as he pumped blood into a bag at a blood drive. "We're all in this thing together."
In Massachusetts, the Red Cross provides blood to 73 hospitals, which requires 650 people to donate blood every weekday, according to a statement from the Red Cross. The donations help saves lives of accident victims, patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses.
How to donate
Eligible blood donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make an appointment.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.