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Urgent call continues for blood donors

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Here are some blood drive locations in our area:

¯ Derby — Jan. 23 from 1 to 5:30 p.m., American Legion Newcomb Long Post 928, 7353 Erie Road.

¯ Dunkirk — Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m., Dunkirk First Baptist Church, 876 Central Ave.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 3929 Vineyard Drive.

¯ Eden — Jan. 29 from 2 to 7 p.m., Eden United Methodist Church, 2820 East Church St.

¯ Forestville — Jan. 28 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Forestville American Legion, 6 Cedar Street

¯ Fredonia — Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., State University of New York at Fredonia, Williams Center; Feb. 14 from 1 to 6 p.m., Pucci’s Carpet One & Furniture, 112 West Main St.

¯ Sheridan — Jan. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m., Sheridan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6390, 2556 Route 20.

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