Blood drives set to help Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

During the summer months,, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available — both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types — especially those with types AB, O-negative, A-negative and B- negative — are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Bridgeport —  Thursday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Municipal City Hall Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad Street. Thursday, July 23, 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue. Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant Street.

Fairfield — Thursday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Center, 1719 Post Road.

Monroe — Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road.

Shelton — Friday, July 17, 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive. Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sports Center Connecticut, 784 River Road. Friday, July 31, 1 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street.

Trumbull — Thursday, July 16, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Center, 6448 Main Street. Wednesday, July 29, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main Street.