By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at 5:36 AM
Summer is a time for vacation, outdoor activities and time away from the familiar grind of daily routines.
But the leisure-packed, hot season presents an annual challenge for blood banks as donations and blood supplies dwindle. Many would-be donors would rather lounge near the pool than alongside a syringe, blood vial and a tray of cookies.
In recent months, the number and rate of donations dipped so low, the Red Cross issued an emergency call last week for blood and platelet donations.
Right now, there are 61,000 fewer donations of blood than needed, which is a 33 percent drop from this time last year when there were 39,000 fewer donations than needed, said Kelly Isenor, external communications manager of the Red Cross Massachusetts Blood Services Region.
The shortfall is equivalent to the Red Cross halting collection efforts across the country for five days, she said.
“There’s always a little bit of a drop, but this year is significant,” Isenor said.
Where to donate
Looking to donate blood this month? Here are a few places in the area where you can:
Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road, July 13 & 20, 1 - 6 p.m.
MetroWest Medical Center, 115 Lincoln St., weekdays (Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond St., July 13, 1 - 6 p.m.
Faith Community Church, 146 East Main St., July 25, 2- 7 p.m.
Marlborough Masonic Hall, 8 Newton St., July 17, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect St., July 13 & 22, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
St. Gabriel the Archangel, 151 Mendon St., July 25, 2 - 7 p.m.
To schedule an appointment with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767)