Turn a new page – donate blood or platelets this fall – Chronicle Express

American Red Cross

FINGER LAKES — On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season with a life-saving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who donate this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients who rely on blood products for their care, especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Schedule a time to donate blood or platelets using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities on September 28 in Prattsburgh: 2-7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1 Church St. October 3 in Tyrone: 1-6 p.m., Tyrone Fire Department, 3600 Rte. 226

October 4 in Dundee: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 660, 10 Spring St.

October 4 at Penn Yan: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St.

October 5 at Hammondsport: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Hammondsport Fire Department, 8521 Rte. 54

October 6 at Burdett: 2 to 7 p.m., New Event Center, 4880 Rte. 414 As a token of appreciation, the Red Cross offers these exciting opportunities to donors:

• Everyone who comes to donate through September 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a NASCAR VIP racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts sponsored race of the winner’s choice, airfare round-trip for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, and admission to a Sport Clips Racetrack Hospitality Tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card, thanks at Sports Clips.

• All those who donate to the region’s drive-thru until September 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card.

• Those who donate in September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. Details are available at rcblood.org/race to give.

• Everyone who comes to donate from October 1 to October 31, 2022 will receive a $5 e-gift card by email from a merchant of their choice.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts the victims; provides about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, service members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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