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Moved By National Shortage, Local Resident Plans Blood Drive

Moved By National Shortage, Local Resident Plans Blood Drive

A blood drive is scheduled to take place right here in the heart of Woodbridge on Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in an effort to combat the national blood shortage.  It will take place in the Center Building Gym.

The Red Cross has frequently had low donor turnout in the winter, due to weather.  But that was compounded this year by the Covid pandemic, as potential donors stayed home.

“We’re comfortable when there’s a five-day supply of blood,” said Richard Branigan, COO of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Chapter at a recent press conference in New Haven.  But blood banks don’t have that comfort level right now, he said, adding that currently they are down to a one-day supply.

At the same press conference, side by side with Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Woodbridge resident Nicole Donzello stepped to the podium to tell the audience what that means to her.

Donzello, a leukemia patient at the Smilow Cancer Center, had received some 155 units of blood over the course of her treatment since the diagnosis seven years ago.  Said she was shocked to hear the extent of the shortage.

Donzello, who also founded the Nicole Donzello Foundation to help leukemia patients, immediately shifted gears, thinking what she could do to help.  That’s when First Selectman Beth Heller reached out to her, because Heller had seen the segment on the local news.  They decided to arrange a blood drive in Woodbridge, and Heller referred her to Human Services Director Jeanette Glicksman.

Within hours they managed to plan the event for March 6.

“It’s a great community story,” she Donzello said, “with a huge impact for those who depend on it.”

To sign up, go to www.redcrossblood.org or use this QR code.

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