Housatonic Valley Health District Launches Virtual Blood Drive Campaign


NEW MILFORD — The Medical Reserve Corps of the Housatonic Valley Health District, which serves New Milford, Washington and other towns in the area, will participate in the American Red Cross’ “SleevesUp” campaign.

As part of the campaign, through August 1, health district volunteers, family, friends and community members can pledge to donate blood at a blood drive at the location which suits them best.

New Milford health director Lisa Morrissey said she supported the campaign and encouraged those who could to donate blood.

“There has been an overall shortage of blood donations since the start of the pandemic,” Morrissey said. “It’s a great way to support our community and help save lives.”

Morrissey added that the “great” part of a virtual blood drive is that “everyone can participate at their convenience, depending on location or time. It’s so easy to do and yet very personal and impactful.

Ruth Quattro, public health communications coordinator at the health district, said virtual programs “are a great way to bring community members together from near and far.”

“Our hope is that this virtual blood drive will solve the blood shortage while bringing others together. By pledging to donate blood, you help others near and far,” Quattro added.

The health district located in New Milford plans to schedule an in-person blood drive for the fall.

The benefits of donating blood include a free mini-health exam before donating, a healthier heart and vascular system, and creating a sense of community and purpose by helping someone in need, according to a press release on the virtual blood drive campaign.

To find a local blood drive, visit the American Red Cross website and enter a zip code.

The Housatonic Valley Health District serves New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury.

Eligibility requirements for donating blood can be found on the American Red Cross website. To learn more about donating blood, visit the Housatonic Valley Health District Emergency Preparedness website at hvhd.us.

For more information, call 203-264-9616.


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