DuBois, PA – Each year on June 14, countries around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day. It’s a way of raising awareness about the need for blood donations and a way to thank blood donors for their life-saving gift.

Did you know that every pint of blood that’s donated can save more than three lives? There is always a shortage of blood donations.

Although there are no blood donations scheduled for the day of Blood Donor Day in our area, scroll down for a list of places you can donate in the next few weeks.

In order to donate blood, you have to meet a list of requirements to make sure that the blood is safe and also to keep yourself safe while you’re donating.
  • You must be at least 18 but less than 60 and weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Officials will test your hemoglobin count, body temperature and blood pressure at the time of the donation.
  • If you have infections or diseases that can be transmitted via blood, you cannot donate.
  • You also won’t be able to donate if you’ve had alcohol in the past 48 hours, have injected illegal drugs even once, or if you’ve had surgery recently.
  • You can donate blood about every 3 months, or 56 days.

It only takes about 5 or 6 minutes for the actual donation, but the entire process could be longer, about 30 minutes. You’ll be asked a series of questions and given a quick checkup.

To make the process faster, you can register ahead of time at RedCrossBlood.org. You can also use RedCrossBlood.org or the Red Cross app to find your closest blood donation location and times.

While there are no blood donation times today in our area, you can donate at these times and places:

  • Tomorrow, June 15, from 1 until 7 p.m. at the DuBois Comfort Suites and DuBois County Club
  • On Friday, June 16, you can donate at Penn Highlands DuBois from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  • A little less than two weeks from now, on Monday, June 26, you can donate at the DuBois Mall from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • There are also donation days scheduled in Sykesville and Reynoldsville during July

The Red Cross gets a lot of their donations from schools and colleges, so there is usually an urgent need for blood during the summer months as people leave for vacation. Giving just a pint of blood can prevent a summer shortage and make sure that the donations are there for people when they need it. Please consider donating this summer and saving a life.