American Red Cross Issues Urgent Plea for Blood Donations

As one of the only institutions in the area devoted exclusively to providing ongoing therapy and resident educational services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions, Ivy Street School strives to prepare students for independent, successful lives. An active part of the Brookline, Massachusetts, community, Ivy Street School regularly works with the American Red Cross’ local Massachusetts chapter.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood donations and has issued an urgent request for contributions. As the largest blood supplier in the nation, the American Red Cross is responsible for supporting more than 41,000 patients every day. However, a 8 percent decline in donations in 2014 has resulted in a shortfall of about 80,000 donations. The shelf life of donor blood is only 42 days, so the need for new donations is ongoing. Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Massachusetts law requires donors to be at least 17, or 16 if accompanied by an adult, and donors must be over 110 pounds and have a driver’s license, donor’s card, or two other forms of ID.