Tue April 26, 2022 2:45 p.m.
Niagara Falls USA Fashion Outlets will begin holding monthly blood drives through its partnership with the American Red Cross of Western New York. The first blood drive of the series will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
A press release noted, “Readers will play a vital role in helping area hospitals address the current blood supply shortage, including those in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Red Cross to hold these monthly blood drives at Fashion Outlets in Niagara Falls USA – and to be honest, they couldn’t come at a better time,” said John Doran, Managing Director. . “Every two seconds in the United States there is someone in critical need of blood, and the Red Cross is doing everything it can to replenish its supply. By organizing an ongoing series of campaigns, we hope we can do our part to help spread awareness of the good work of the Red Cross and ensure that the needs of the community are met.
The press release read: “After declaring its first-ever national blood crisis in January, Red Cross blood stock levels remain vulnerable. According to the Red Cross, in 2021 alone, top donors in Western New York declined by 34% due to a number of circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, related closures to weather conditions and other seasonal factors. With no substitute for blood and no way to make it, volunteer donors are essential for hospitalized patients in need of life-saving treatment.
“The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors willing to roll up their sleeves and share their strength with patients in need are the only source,” said Nicholas Bond, American Red Cross regional director of the western New York. “That’s why community partners and hosts like the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, are essential to our mission to bring relief and hope. With stocks still at vulnerable levels, it is extremely important that the Red Cross maintains a readily available blood supply for patients. We thank the Fashion Outlets of Niagara for their support that made this possible.
Safety of blood drives
Every Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows a high standard of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented. have been put in place to help protect the health of all in attendance. Donors are asked to make an appointment before arriving at the drive-thru.
To be eligible, a person must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds (120 pounds if 16), and present a valid photo ID with signature . Although all blood types are accepted, type O positive, type O negative and platelets are strongly required.
Those considering donating can check additional eligibility requirements by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org. Donors must pre-register for a time slot for blood drive at Niagara Falls USA Fashion Outlets.
“We’ve run these campaigns in the past, and they’ve always had such an impact on the community,” Doran said. “If you’re eligible, consider making an appointment to stop by Fashion Outlets and donate at one of our events – or even mark your calendar to come each month. It’s a simple process that can make a real difference.
The 700,000 square foot Fashion Outlets in Niagara Falls USA are owned and operated by Macerich. For more information, visit its website.