Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

Blood Emergency: Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors
Less than three-day supply of most blood types; new and existing donors called to help save lives
 
(July 9, 2019) — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.

About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations that needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available - and less than a two-day supply of type O blood - for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired. 

 
Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Right now, the Red Cross only has less than a three-day supply when we need a five-day supply to be prepared for all situations that require blood products. To help meet this need, we’ve added about 8,000 additional appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. But we need people to fill those appointments, please join us today.”
 
Missing Types sees encouraging response, but all donors needed now
In June, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to encourage donors – especially new donors and those who have not donated in the past years – to give blood or platelets during the challenging summer months. Through the campaign, the letters A, B and O – letters that make up the main blood groups – disappeared from popular brands to symbolize what happens when blood goes missing from hospital shelves during blood shortages.
 
Despite an encouraging response to the campaign, blood donations still fell short of expectations in June, resulting in more than 24,000 fewer donations than needed about 2,000 fewer here in the Carolinas Blood Services Region, and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.
 
“Blood is only available when generous blood donors roll up a sleeve to give, and right now, all donors – especially those give have never given or haven’t given in a while – are urged to make an appointment to give today,” Numark added.
 
How to help
Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.
 
Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this summer by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.
 
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Contact – Tabitha Bagwell 828-803-2884 redcrossblood.org
 
Monday, July 15                               
Glenwood Baptist Church                                         
155 Glenwood Baptist Church Road, Marion                                   
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm               
Please call the church at  828-738-4998        Walk ins welcome!                              
  
Wednesday, July 17                        
McDowell Community at Marion Community Building                                              
99 North Main Street, Marion                                    
1:30 pm to 6:30 pm                                       
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Mary McCoyle at (828) 652-6531 Walk ins Welcome        
                                                                                                                                               
Wednesday, July 17                                    
Cross Mill Pentecostal Holiness Church                                           
75 Reservoir Road, Marion
2:30 pm to 7:00 pm                                       
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Rev. Doug Beane-Hall at (336) 736-1517. Walk ins Welcome     
           
Friday, July 19                                  
Lowe's                                                
480 US Highway 70, Marion 
12:00 pm to 4:30 pm                                                             
Call 828-803-2884 for an appointment or Walk ins Welcome
                                                                                                                                               
Friday, July 19                                  
Marion Masons                                              
169 South Main Street, Marion         
2:00 pm to 6:30 pm                                       
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Jack Wood at (828) 925-9663. Walk ins Welcome        
                                                                                                                                               
Tuesday, July 23                              
McDowell Tech College                                             
54 College Drive, Marion       
10:00 am to 2:30 pm                                     
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