Mattapoisett resident, Jillian Zucco, will host her annual blood drive with the American Red Cross during World Blood Donor Week on Wednesday, June 12, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at St. Anthony’s Church hall at 22 Barstow St. in Mattapoisett.
As a 2016 graduate of UMASS Dartmouth’s Nursing program, now working full-time as a registered nurse, Zucco is committed to strengthening our community and helping to meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations. “This blood drive is a way of providing community members an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient in critical need.”
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. “We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”
There’s a serious need of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative, and B negative. O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients and those battling cancer. While walk-ins are welcome, it is recommended to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or by signing up online at redcrossblood.org and use the code MA02739. The Red Cross has promised extra staff at this event to accommodate the great number of donors this drive has brought in over the years to help minimize any wait times.