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American Red Cross Blood Drives

April 22, 2019 11:34 am

POUGHKEEPSIE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types — especially type O — are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

Nearly half of the public knows someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. For many volunteer blood donors, like Gail Wright, that personal connection serves as inspiration to give.

Wright’s brother was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 1982 and needed several blood transfusions during his four-month recovery. She lived over 120 miles away at the time. Unable to be near him, she decided she could help by donating blood. Wright has continued to donate and recently completed her 11th gallon of donated blood — 88 lifesaving blood donations.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.

Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone

To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to encourage fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by bleeding #ForTheThrone. Many answered the call to give earlier this year, and much like the show, embarking on its final season, the fight for the living isn’t over.

Those who come to donate by April 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Terms and conditions apply and are available at Additionally, all presenting donors April 11-30, 2019, will receive a commemorative Bleed For The Throne poster, while supplies last, and automatically be entered in the above-mentioned sweepstakes.

Columbia County

Our Lady of Hope, 8074 Route 22, Copake Falls, 1-6 p.m. April 24.

Hawthorne Valley School, 330 Route 21C, Ghent, 1:30-6:30 p.m. April 29.

Columbia Greene Community College PAC Building, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 30.

Immaculate Conception Church-Lebanon Valley Senior Citizens Inc., 732 Route 20, New Lebanon, 1-6 p.m. April 23.

Dutchess County

Eugene Brooks Intermediate School, 194 Haight Road, Amenia, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26.

The Village at Merritt Park, 80 Jefferson Blvd., Fishkill, noon-5 p.m. April 24.

Mills Athletic Center, Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25.

Marist College Student Center, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 25.

Red Oaks Mill Fire Company, 213 Vassar Road, Station 3, Poughkeepsie, 1-6 p.m. April 30.

New Hackensack Reformed Church, 1580 Route 376, Wappingers Falls, 1-7 p.m. April 23.

Greene County

Essendant, 12089 Route 9W, Coxsackie, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26.

Town of Coxsackie Ambulance, 117 Mansion St., Coxsackie, 2:30-7:30 p.m. April 26.

Ulster County

State University of New York, Athletic & Wellness Center, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 24.

Trinity Episcopal Church Barclay Heights, 32 Church St.-Route 9W, Saugerties, 1-6 p.m. April 24.