T-shirt given to blood donors

The above long-sleeved T-shirt will be given to donors at the Jan. 6, 2020 blood drive in Mansfield.

The American Red Cross will resume holding blood drives at Mansfield Hose Company starting Monday, Jan. 6 and continuing throughout the year in regular 56-day intervals. The blood drives will help the Red Cross provide critical blood products to hospitals and patients in Tioga County and Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The blood drives will be held from 1-6 p.m. in the Mansfield Hose Company banquet hall, located at 38 S. Main St. Drives will be held on the following Mondays in 2020: Jan. 6, March 16, May 18, July 20, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16. Donors should schedule appointments by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS and entering sponsor code Mansfield. Walk-in donations will also be accepted as time and space allow.

Currently, the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood donors to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this winter. As a special thank you, presenting donors who come out to give blood on Jan. 6 at Mansfield Hose Company at will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.