You've seen the signs by the side of the road that read "blood drive- donate today," but have you ever actually stopped and donated? Did you know that the whole process of donating a pint of blood only takes about an hour and could save up to three people's lives?

I'm a regular blood donor.  I've been donating since I was in high school, but got a little sloppy about going frequently. And then my dad got sick and relied on blood transfusion to keep him alive, so I started going as often as I was allowed. Last month after giving blood, I received the coolest email ever from the American Red Cross. It read: Thank you for giving blood with the American Red Cross on 1/29/2014. After first ensuring that local needs were met, your blood donation was sent to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY to help a patient in need. Your donation is on its way to changing lives!

If you'd like to join me in saving lives through blood donation, please consider stopping by one of these blood drives to be held right here in the Southern Tier in April. Oh, and anyone who donates in April can register to win a $250 gift card to use toward a rainy day getaway. Three cards in total will be given away.
April 1st
  • Church of the Good Shepherd-356 Conklin Ave., Binghamton-Bloodmobile-1pm-6pm
  • Elmira Business Institute- 4100 Vestal Rd., Vestal- 9am-2pm
April 5th
  • Central United Methodist Church- 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott- 8am-1pm
April 9th
  • United Way of Broome County- Harry L, Dr., Johnson City- 12pm-6pm
April 11th
  • Hinman Commons-4400 Vestal Pkw E., Vestal- 9am-1pm
April 15th
  • Conklin Presbyterian Church- 1175 Conklin Rd., Conklin- 2:30pm-6:30pm
April 16th
  • American Red Cross of Endicott- East Main St.- 12pm-6pm
April 18th
  • Our Lady of Good Council- 701 W. Main St., Endicott- 1pm-6pm
  • UHS Wilson Medican Ctr., Picciano Bldg., Harrison St., Johnson City- 8am-2pm
April 25th
  • Oakdale Mall- Harry L. Dr., Johnson City- 10am-3pm
  • Binghamton High School- Oak St., Binghamton- 8am-1pm
April 26th
  • Vestal United Methodist Church- 328 Main St., Vestal- 7:30am-12pm
  • Windsor United Methodist Church- 56 Chapel St., Windsor- 8am-12pm
April 28th
  • United Presbyterian Church- 42 Chenango St., Binghamton- 12pm-4pm
  • Lourdes Hospital- Lecture Hall- Riverside Dr., Binghamton- 9am-4pm
  • Binghamton High School- 98 Oak St., Binghamton- 8am-1pm
  • Binghamton University- Old Union- Vestal Parkway, Vestal- 12pm-6pm
April 29th
  • UHS Binghamton General Hospital- Mitchell Ave., Binghamton-8:30am-2:30pm