August 19, 2019

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

NORRISTOWN - With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage in the Poconos and elsewhere.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies. 

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days. 

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at


Cresco: 8/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Friendly Community Center, 6683 Route 191

 East Stroudsburg: 8/23/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono, Cancer Center, 206 E. Brown St.

 Pocono Pines: 8/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Five Loaf House, 133 Firehouse Road

 Stroudsburg: 8/20/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St.

 Stroudsburg: 8/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Saint Luke Parish, 818 W. Main St.


Hawley: 8/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 815 Church St.

Matamoras: 8/29/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Matamoras Fire Department, 506 Avenue Q

Milford: 8/27/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Drive


Honesdale: 8/21/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park St.

 Lake Ariel: 8/21/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Parish, 105 Gravity Road

 Newfoundland: 8/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wallenpaupack South Elementary School, 989 Main St.

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