Blood donations down

A recent blood drive at Trackside Teen Center resulted in 14 donations, but bad weather over the past few weeks — and cases of flu among regular donors — has taken a toll on blood drives managed by the American Red Cross in this area.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

In Danbury, there will be a drive on Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Crowne Plaza, 18 Old Ridgebury Road.

A collection is set for Feb. 19, 11 to 4:45, at Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road, Ridgefield.

In South Norwalk, a collection will take place Feb. 23, 11 to 4:45 at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue.

Blood may be donated at the American Red Cross Fairfield County Blood Donation Center, 596 Westport Avenue in Norwalk on the following days:

  • Feb. 19, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 24, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 26, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information or to make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).