Published On: Wed, Jul 11th, 2018

Saratoga Casino Hotel to Host Blood Drive with the American Red Cross amid National Blood Shortage

Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Monday, July 23. Members of the local community are urged to join dozens of Saratoga Casino Hotel team members to give blood on Monday, July 23 from noon to 6pm inside the hotel ballroom.

The blood drive comes as the Red Cross recently raised the need for blood from a critical level to an emergency need on Monday, July 9. The Red Cross experienced a shortfall of more than 56,000 blood donations in May and June, resulting in a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. This is about 7 percent short of what was needed during these months.  In the New York-Penn Blood Services Region, more than 3,000 fewer donations were collected than needed during this time frame, contributing to the overall shortfall.

“There is a very serious need for immediate blood and platelet donations,” said Patty Corvaia, Communications Manager for the New York – Penn Blood Services Region. “If you’ve ever considered giving blood to help save lives, now is the time to do it.

To date, Saratoga Casino Hotel has collected over 1,400 blood donations at their biannual blood drives. The collections have gone on to directly help over 3,200 patients in need.

“Our team members and the local community always respond with tremendous generosity when we host our blood drives,” said Alex Tucker, General Manager at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “Our partnership with the Red Cross is something we value, and we look forward to helping them out in a time of need.”

All presenting donors at this year’s Blood Drive will receive a $10 voucher to Perks Café, located in the hotel lobby. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment prior to the July 23 Blood Drive. To schedule a time, call 518-581-5774 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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