Red Cross Calls for Summer Blood Donations to Prevent a Shortage

Blood Donations

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every minute, every day.

In the summer of 1973, Ramona Johnson was playing at the park when she was injured jumping off the swings. She was bleeding profusely from a 7-inch gash in her leg. By the time she reached the hospital, she needed an emergency transfusion. She credits the donors who took the time to give blood with helping to save her life.

Johnson’s childhood experience receiving blood compelled her to make her first blood donation more than 10 years ago. “A little voice told me that this would be a great way to give back,” she said. “I have been faithfully donating every eight weeks since.”

The public is asked to schedule an appointment to help ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this summer. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through June 10, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at Additionally, those who come to give May 25-29, will receive an exclusive Red Cross branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Chester County:

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
West Chester Blood Donation Center
523 East Gay St., West Chester
Monday – Thursday: 11:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (whole blood)
Friday – Sunday: 7:15 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

6/5/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Avondale Presyterian Church, 420 Pennsylvania Ave.

5/29/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Easttown Library, 720 First Ave.
6/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tredyffrin Township Building, 1100 DuPortail Road

Chester Springs
6/4/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Peter’s United Christian Church, 1193 Clover Mill Road

6/7/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Surrey Services, 60 Surrey Way

5/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Ave.
6/11/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., East Brandywine Township Building, 1214 Horseshoe Pike

5/27/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Clarion at Exton, 815 N. Pottstown Pike

5/31/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Workspace Property Trust, 5 Great Valley Parkway
6/4/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Echo Lake, Welcome Center, 235 Lancaster Ave.
6/8/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Penn State Great Valley Campus, 30 E. Swedesford Road

6/14/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St.

6/4/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Paoli United Methodist Church, 81 Devon Road
6/15/2018: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Paoli Hospital, 255 W. Lancaster Ave.

6/13/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW No. Post 4480, 406 Fourth Ave.

5/25/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Technical College High School, 1580 Charlestown Road
5/25/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Phoenixville Hospital, Medical Office Building II, 826 Main St.

West Chester
6/1/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St.
6/11/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Chester School District, Spellman Administration Building, 829 Paoli Pike
6/12/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Marshallton United Methodist Church, 1282 W. Strasburg Road

West Grove
6/3/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, 290 State Road
6/13/2018: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Jennersville Regional Hospital, 1015 W. Baltimore Pike

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or or visit

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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