Congregation Tifereth Israel is hosting its semi annual Red Cross Blood Drive this Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Flyer for the semi-annual Red Cross Blood Drive.

Congregation member and drive organizer Toby Kahn wants blood donors to come out and give to the drive. Most hospitals are only stocked with a few days worth of blood, meaning many people’s lives depend on consistent generosity.

“Irving Brody ran the blood drive for many, many years before me. I’ve been doing, I don’t know how many years, I’ve lost tack,” Kahn said. She is passionate about getting people out to donate blood. “It’s needed. It’s needed across the nation, and we’re doing our best to help save lives.”

Unfortunately, less and less people are turning out to give blood. The synagogue’s most recent drive early this year fell below expected amounts.

“There’s only a small percentage of people who donate. It used to not be that way. We had always reached our goals,” Kahn lamented. She said the recent public weariness of spam calls has made it difficult for genuine callers to reach people. “When the Red Cross calls to recruit donors, they don’t pick up their phones.”

Kahn wants people to know the Red Cross prefers appointments, which can be made at www.redcrossblood.org. In the space provided on the main website page, donors can use the sponsor code “TIBensalem” for convenience. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The congregation is located at 2909 Bristol Rd in Bensalem. Anyone with questions can call Toby Kahn at 215-604-0202.