18 News and the American Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter are teaming up to host a blood drive on Tuesday, June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The drive will take place at three separate locations: the Holiday Inn Riverview in Elmira, the American Legion Post 442 in Horseheads, and the Ramada in Painted Post.
There will be a second day for the drive at the Horseheads location, on June 26.
The summer season is an especially important time for the Red Cross, as they see a marked decrease in donations.
“In the summer, people are on vacation, schools not in session, and we do get 20% of our blood supply from high schools and colleges,” said Sheila Sullivan, Account Manager for the local Red Cross chapter.
All donors will receive a $10 Visa gift card (via email), courtesy of Suburban Propane, and a 4-pack of tickets to an Elmira Pioneers game, while supplies last.
Of course the biggest incentive to participate is that your one donation will help save the lives of up to 3 people.
“Only 3% of the population gives,” said Sullivan. “We need to get, no pun intended, some new blood in there.”
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code “WETM,” or use the Blood Donor App.