Oswego Hosts Blood Drive to Show It Is a Community that Cares

Residents of Oswego and the American Red Cross will join together for a “Community That Cares” blood drive on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

A “Community That Cares” blood drive is a Red Cross initiative to help engage local citizens and boost regional blood supplies by enlisting community support.

All presenting donors during the month of July will receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly’s ice cream.* (*Prizes not redeemable for cash and non-transferable).

Donating blood is a profound act that helps save lives. Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important.

A blood donation may help save up to three lives and it only takes about an hour of time. It is the blood on the shelves today that helps save lives tomorrow.

Summer has arrived. That means time for vacations, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the great outdoors.

However, the need for blood never takes a vacation.

The summer season traditionally sees a drop in blood donation due to many blood donors vacationing and fewer blood drives being sponsored by high schools and colleges.

In fact, the Red Cross traditionally sees a 10-15 percent decline in donations over the summer.

The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to help keep the blood supply strong this upcoming summer by making an appointment to donate blood today.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org