Hoag Library hosting first blood drive on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 August 2022 at 4:30 pm

ALBION – Hoag Library will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in what is believed to be a first for the library.

The site is high-profile and accessible at 134 South Main St. The American Legion, when it was across the street from the library, used to host blood drives. But the Legion sold the building to Community Action for the Main Street Thrift Store. Those blood drives are now hosted by the Elks Lodge on West State Street.

Library director Betty Sue Miller hopes people will donate at the library on Saturday. People can make an appointment online (click here), call 1-800-RED CROSS or walk-ins are welcome.

Miller’s husband Fred, an Orleans County legislator, has donated more than 20 gallons of blood in his lifetime. The director said she is inspired by her husband’s example, and she also has seen the importance of blood donors in recent months as her son Kevin battles leukemia and has needed numerous blood transfusions.

The blood drive will be in the meeting rooms. Those rooms are typically booked during the weekdays, which is why Miller and the Red Cross decided to have the blood drive on a Saturday.