Kuster Donates Blood as Red Cross Works to Prevent Blood Shortage During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
Concord, January 27, 2021
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Concord, N.H. — Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) donated blood at a Red Cross blood drive at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Concord. Rep. Kuster’s donation comes during ongoing efforts to prevent another national blood shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood, platelets, and plasma to maintain an adequate blood supply.
“Almost a year since the beginning of this pandemic, we are still dealing with its consequences, including its impact on our nation’s blood supply,” said Rep. Kuster. “Even as COVID-19 disrupts our daily lives, the need for blood donations has remained consistent. Be it for essential surgery, transfusions, or ongoing treatments, donors are needed to ensure blood is available when necessary. I was glad to do my part by donating today, and I encourage all healthy Granite Staters to consider donating. The New Hampshire Red Cross holds blood drives almost every day, and those who would like to donate can visit their website to register.”
The need for blood supply is ongoing, and the American Red Cross encourages individuals to keep their scheduled blood, platelet, or plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).