Red Cross in urgent need of blood donations this winter
Nearly 40,000 fewer donations than needed in November and December
By: Sean Martinelli
Posted: Jan 07, 2017 09:56 PM EST
Updated: Jan 09, 2017 08:08 PM EST
LIVERPOOL (WSYR-TV) - As Michael and Amanda Torello get ready to give blood platelets at the American Red Cross' Liverpool blood donation center, they realize first hand the impact their contribution will have.
"You really realize how much of a difference it actually makes," Amanda Torello said.
Amanda's mother and grandfather both recently received blood or platelet donations during recent hospital visits. Michael's mother, who died in 2016, did as well.
"It's something that I think she definitely would appreciate," Michael said of his mother. "She was a nurse," he added.
The Red Cross is in need of donors like the Torello's now more than ever. In November and December, they fell short of nearly 40,000 donations necessary for the months.
The organization also says more than 100 blood drives have been canceled this winter because of inclement weather.
Michael hopes that will change in 2017 adding that donating requires "minimal effort" and "[while] no one likes needles, the cause overpowers the fear."
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:
Liverpool Blood Donation Center
7359 Oswego Rd.
Liverpool, NY 13090
Monday & Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday: 7:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
1/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Marys Catholic Church, 15 Clark Street
1/13/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Seneca Cayuga ARC, 1521 Clark Street Road
1/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Street
1/19/2017: 11:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South Street