Blood Bank Shortage Continues

Please take time to donate blood – it is very much needed at this time.


The blood supply has been lingering at below safe levels for several weeks now, drifting up and down, and concerns are growing that the shortage will worsen as summer progresses. The excellent weather forecast for this coming weekend could also be a factor.

The Community Blood Bank is open Thursday at Union Square (Olean) from 3:30 to 7:30pm and Saturday 9-1pm. No appointment is needed to save a life.

“Summer is always tough and we are expecting things to get worse,” Says Dan Desrochers Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. “We are hoping to be ready but there’s a real cause for concern for local patients.”

The Community Blood Bank is the EXCLUSIVE supplier of blood products to all the hospitals in Erie, McKean, Warren, Elk and Potter Counties. And now supplies Tioga County at over 50%. The CBB supplies 98% of all blood used in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, & Allegany Counties in WNY. Only blood donated with the Community Blood Bank will alleviate the shortage in these counties and will help patients at local hospitals.

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