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Blood shortage: Red Cross schedules drives in Greenwich

January 17, 2019 GMT

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after a shortfall in donations during the holidays.

The Red Cross collected 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply.

Local residents can donate blood at the following drives that are scheduled in Greenwich:

*Jan. 18: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside

*Jan. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich

*Jan. 28: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Greenwich, 50 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich

*Jan. 29: 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Sky Studios, One American Lane, Greenwich

*Jan. 30: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich

*Jan. 30: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Greenwich Country Day School, Old Church Road, Greenwich

*Feb. 4: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich

*Feb. 13: 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich

The Red Cross reports that it has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, below the goal of a five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Eligible donors can schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).