Blood shortage continues: Donors needed for July 26 Blood Drive

Blood shortage continues: Donors needed for July 26 Blood Drive at Saratoga Casino Hotel
A thousand blood donations needed daily to prevent further delays in patient care 

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 19, 2021) — Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Monday, July 26. Members of the local community are urged to join dozens of Saratoga Casino Hotel team members to give blood from noon to 6pm inside the hotel ballroom.

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting and enter sponsor code SARATOACASINO, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply during the blood drive, all will receive a $10 Gift Card via email, $5 Gift Card to Fat Paulie’s Delicatessen in Saratoga Springs, an automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value), and a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. For more information and details on the giveaways visit and

Over the past decade, Saratoga Casino Hotel blood drives have collected over 1,100 pints of blood.

“This is the 22nd blood drive that we have hosted with the American Red Cross,” said Alex Tucker, General Manager at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “Every year we see amazing support from our community and team members and we are proud to continue our annual drives to assist the American Red Cross in saving lives.”

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Saratoga Casino Hotel
Saratoga Casino Hotel, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features slot machines, electronic table games, a luxury hotel, Vapor, Morton’s® The Steakhouse, two full-service restaurants, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services. Simulcast wagering is available and live harness racing runs February through mid-December. For more information, please visit or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses.  Please play responsibly.

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