Red Cross schedules blood drives in county

The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood or platelets this March in celebration of Red Cross Month.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is

available for patients this spring.

The following blood drives are planned this month in Windham County:

• Brattleboro: March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 54 Chickering Drive.

• Putney: March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Landmark College, 19 River Toad South.

• Townshend: March 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Leland & Gray Union Middle High School, 2042 VT Route 30.

• Wilmington: March 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Old School Community Center, 1 School St.

Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App by visiting, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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 certain height and weight requirements.

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