STROUDSBURG, Pa. — The American Red Cross and Monroe County will hold their 31st annual community blood drive honoring Sheriff Todd A. Martin on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 1-6 p.m. at St Luke Catholic Church, 818 W. Main St., Stroudsburg.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code StroudsburgCommunity.
Martin has served the residents of Monroe County for 35 years. He was hired as a sheriff’s deputy in 1982 and was elected as sheriff in 1995—a position he continues to hold today.
Receiving blood himself during his ongoing battle with multiple myeloma and plasmacytoma, a form of cancer with no known cure, Martin understands the importance of maintaining an adequate blood supply for patients who need it.
“Whenever I need blood during my treatment, it is there for me,” said Martin. “I want to continue to show my appreciation by encouraging people to give so that other lives might also be saved.”
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need.
“Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply,” said Alana Mauger, communications manager, Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region.”
As special thank you for coming to donate, presenting donors will receive a $5 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts.
Give blood in honor of Sheriff Todd A. Martin
St. Luke Catholic Church
Thursday, Aug. 10, 1-6 p.m.
818 W. Main St., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org
Sponsor code: StroudsburgCommunity
How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
*All offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.