OLEAN – A push to raise awareness about the blood shortage in Western New York is underway.
New York State Senator George Borrello highlighted the issue during a blood drive Wednesday at Southern Tier Health Care System in Olean.
Borrello, while giving blood during the drive hosted by Connect Life, explained the importance of giving blood locally.
“The blood stays local,” said Borrello. “The blood that you donate will likely help a friend or neighbor, someone you know, someone in need right in your own community.”
Earlier this spring, the Red Cross reported a severe lack of blood. Despite a recent influx in drives and donations, the organization says the need for blood is still exceeding the available supply.
The group says donors of all types, especially type O and those giving platelets, are needed.
To find a donation drive near you, visit redcrossblood.org.