News 4 and the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York thank you for a successful Blood Saves Lives telethon.

A total of 68 people called in to make an appointment to donate blood, which far exceeded our goal.

You can always schedule an appointment online.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of both O negative and O positive blood types.

A whole blood donation appointment will take approximately one hour from start to finish, but the donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes.

A team effort

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Why critical blood shortages often happen during the winter

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The importance of blood transfusions

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Volunteers say calls are picking up

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Red Cross volunteers help you help others

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Blood recipient thankful to all donors

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Less than three-day supply of some types of blood

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Red Cross employee donates blood during Telethon

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A live look at the Blood Saves Lives Telethon

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Volunteers taking calls at Blood Saves Lives telethon

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Blood Saves Lives telethon underway

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Red Cross telethon happening today

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