POUGHKEEPSIE — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

It’s important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions — including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities;

Columbia County

Chatham Firehouse, 10 Hoffman St., Chatham, 1-6 p.m. June 10.

Palatine Park and Youth Activity Building, Palatine Park Road, Germantown, 1-6 p.m. June 1.

Hudson Elks Lodge No. 787, 201 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, noon-6 p.m. June 11.

Dutchess County

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 Route 9, Rhinebeck, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10.

Grace Bible Church, 158 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8.

Hudson Valley Regional Airport, 263 New Hackensack Road, Wappingers Falls, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9.

Ulster County

Veterans of Foreign Wars, 708 East Chester St., Kingston, 1-6 p.m. June 8.

Saugerties Knights of Columbus Council 4536, 19 Barcley St., Saugerties, 1-6 p.m. May 29.

Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main St., Stone Ridge, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 12.

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