The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. According to a press release, each year the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.
Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.
There are two upcoming blood donation opportunities on the Island:
Thursday, May 5: 1:30 to 6:30 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.
Friday, May 6: 9 am to 2 pm, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.