West Chester, Pa (January 5, 2023) –  To help ensure local blood banks have the critical supply they need, State Senator Carolyn Comitta is partnering with the American Red Cross and the Oscar Lasko YMCA to host a blood donation drive on Friday, February 24th

The blood drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oscar Lasko YMCA, 1 East Chestnut Street in West Chester. 

Interested donors are encouraged to schedule their appointments in advance via the American Red Cross’s website and enter sponsor code “Senator Comitta” or call 1-800-RedCross. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. 

“Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and donations are crucial to ensure patients receive the care they need,” Comitta said. “To make sure our community has an adequate blood supply, I urge all eligible individuals to schedule a donation appointment and help save a life.” 

According to the Red Cross, now is a key time to donate, as blood banks typically experience a seasonal shortage due to a drop in donations during the holidays. In addition, blood banks continue to recover from the shortage associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and that, coupled with the prevalence of flu and RSV this season, has also impacted donations.

Most individuals are eligible to donate blood in Pennsylvania every 56 days, up to six times a year if they are:  

  • In good health and feeling well,  
  • 16 years old or older; and 
  • Weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. 

For more information on donor eligibility or to register online, visit www.redcrossblood.org.