Red Cross Has Emergency Need for Blood

Blood Donation Shortages

ELMIRA (WENY) --The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donations.  Blood supplies are at their lowest levels than they've been in the past 15 years.  The supply always dips during the summer months because students are out from school and more people are away from home.

This summer has been particularly bad because of severe weather across the country, and extremely hot weather.  Each donation can save three lives, and executive director Joel Robinson with the Sullivan Trail Chapter says every blood type is needed .

"In the six years I've been with the Red Cross, this is really the first time across the board, we need blood, we need all types of blood," says Robinson. "It's certainly is a very much a concern and I would encourage people to please, think about coming to one of the local drives."

Here are a list of upcoming blood drives around the Twin Tiers:

August 2, 2012: Troy Community Hospital, 10 AM - 2 PM

August 2, 2012: Cargill Salt, 9 AM - 2 PM

August 4, 2012: Arnot Mall, 10 AM - 2 PM

August 4, 2012: Spencer Van Etten Community Center, 7:30 - 11:30 AM

August 6, 2012: Bradford County Manor, 12 - 5 PM

August 7, 2012: Robert Packer Hospital, 12 - 5 PM

August 8, 2012: Millerton Weslyn Church, 1 - 6 PM

August 8, 2012: Robert Packer Hospital 8 AM - 1 PM

August 9, 2012: Elmira Chapter House Red Cross, 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

For more information, call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment. And you can visit to find more drives in your area.