Eastern New York to host a regional all-day event of blood drives and a virtual celebration.

The American Red Cross will celebrate its 140th anniversary on May 21, 2021. To honor the anniversary, the Red Cross Eastern New York Region will host six blood drives followed by a livestreamed virtual event celebrating the work of the Red Cross with special celebrity guest appearances. The Eastern New York Region serves 27 counties and more than 3.6 million people.

“For 140 years the Red Cross has been there for our communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate its legacy while raising awareness of the work we do on a daily basis. Red Cross is there 24/7 bringing hope and healing when it’s needed most. We encourage people to support us by donating their time, blood and treasure,” said Kevin Coffey, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Eastern New York Region.

Watch the Red Cross in action for more than 140 years: https://youtu.be/bvMONHyUTLg

The anniversary blood drives will take place at the following locations on Friday, May 21:

Central and Northern New York:
Watertown, NY at Salmon Run Mall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rome, NY at Rome YMCA, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Oneida, NY at Oneida Rec Center 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Syracuse, NY at Howlett Hill Fire Department, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Northeastern New York:
Albany, NY at Albany Capital Center 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hudson Valley, New York:
Rhinebeck, NY at the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The day will culminate with a livestreamed virtual event highlighting the work of the Red Cross and the impact of its mission.

For 140 years, people across Eastern New York have been able to depend on the Red Cross to provide relief for disaster victims, health and safety training, support for members of the military and a safe and stable blood supply.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Red Cross community partners including:

Albany Medical Center
CAP COM Federal Credit Union
Ernst & Young
Fingerpaint Marketing
Hannay Reels
National Grid
Price Chopper/Market 32
State Farm
Stewart’s Shops
Tri City Rentals

Media Sponsors:

News10 ABC – Albany

For more information on the event, or to donate, visit redcross.org/140years