By Jann Wiswall

Did you know that one in every seven hospital patients will need a blood transfusion during their stay? And did you know that your single donation supplies enough blood products for as many as three patients?

During this year’s blood donor month, the American Red Cross is asking you to please consider making an appointment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible.

To give whole blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, meet certain height requirements and be in general good health. New York State allows 16-year-olds to donate with their parents’ consent. Other aspects of each potential donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected — each donor receives a brief physical examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin levels are measured.

To make a platelet donation, certain other criteria must be met. Talk with your blood donor professional to see if you’re a potential platelet donor.

Several blood drives are coming up in the Ellicottville area over the next several weeks. While appointments are encouraged and are easily made online at the Red Cross Web site,, walk-ins are also welcome.

January 11

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1-6 p.m.

6360 Rt. 242 East, Ellicottville, NY 14731

January 22

United Congregational Methodist Church, 1-6 p.m.

134 Broad St., Salamanca, NY 14779

January 29

The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

9822 Rte. 16

Machias, NY 14101

February 2

Salamanca High School, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

50 Iroquois Dr., Salamanca, NY 14779

February 2

West Valley Central School, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

5359 School St., West Valley, NY 14171

For additional blood donation opportunities and locations, visit