Herkimer College will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, February 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, located in the Robert McLaughlin College Center.

The American Red Cross is asking donors to consider a Power Red Cell donation for blood types O Negative, O Positive, A Negative, or B Negative, but all blood types are essential.  Power Red Cell donation resembles a regular blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma and platelets safely back to you. As of October 2022, the new minimum height requirement for females to be eligible for a Power Red donation has changed from 5’5 to 5’3.

All donors will receive a complimentary $10 Amazon gift card by email courtesy of Amazon. In addition, all donors will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Clearwater Beach, Florida. For more information, visit: rcblood.org/heart

To schedule an appointment, email brownvl@herkimer.edu or visit redcrossblood.org. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Donors are also encouraged to sign up for RapidPass to complete the pre-screening process from home. Sign-up can be found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.