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Blood Emergency: Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donors

 

Critical Red Cross blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

Give blood or platelets now and help save lives

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 5, 2017) — The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

 

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

 

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”


 

 

How to Help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

 

Summer Months Lead to Shortage

Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

 

Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day.

 

New donors and those who haven’t given in a while are especially encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Nearly one-third fewer new blood donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year due in part to schools – where blood drives are held and where new donors give – being out of session during the summer months.

Who Blood Donations Help

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 8th grader Grant Fischer of Columbus. Grant was diagnosed with T-cell ALL, a form of cancer, in October 2014. He received a bone marrow transplant in March 2016. Grant needed countless blood transfusions during all his treatment and is now cancer free. He may not be alive without blood and platelet donors.

 

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 5-29:

 

Athens County

 

Albany

7/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May St.

7/18/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mathew's Insurance, 240 Columbus Road

7/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

7/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, OU-Baker Center, 1 Park Place

7/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lowe's, 983 E. State St.

7/27/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., People's Bank Athens, 1 North Court Steet

 

Nelsonville

7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Church of the Nazarene, 15275 St. Rt. 691

7/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rocky Boots Outlet, 45 Canal Street

 

The Plains

7/14/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Plains Fire Department, 29 Connett Road

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

7/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut St

7/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

 

Walhonding

7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

 

Warsaw

7/20/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Warsaw Camp and Retreat Center, 818 Main Street

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Fairfield County

 

Bremen

7/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Carroll

7/5/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Carroll Lions Club, 75 Center Street

 

Lancaster

7/6/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

7/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bernadette School, 1325 Wheeling Rd NE

7/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

 

Lithopolis

7/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

7/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

7/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

7/13/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

7/24/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

7/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

 

Rushville

7/18/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

7/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Washingtn C H

7/21/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fayette County Fair, 213 Fairview Ave

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

7/11/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/11/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Guernsey County Department of Job & Family Services, 324 Highland Ave

7/11/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

 

Cumberland

7/5/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

7/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

7/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Area Life Squad, 640 North Washington St.

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Hocking County

 

Logan

7/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374

7/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

7/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

7/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 State Route 328

7/23/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Moose Lodge, 701 E. Front Street

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Licking County

 

Granville

7/21/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

7/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

7/7/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heath Fire Department, 193 Heath Road

 

Hebron

7/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

7/27/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., KDC Columbus, 8825 Smith’s Mill Road North

 

Newark

7/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/9/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

7/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/17/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

7/18/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/21/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

7/10/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

7/28/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 63 E Broad St

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Madison County

 

London

7/14/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

 

Plain City

7/20/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

7/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, 10531 Jerome Road

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Montgomery County

 

Dayton

7/28/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fortis College-Centerville, 555 East Alex Bell Road

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

7/17/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Frazeysburg

7/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Bible Church, Community Bible Church, 195 West 2nd Street

 

New Concord

7/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

 

Zanesville

7/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

7/17/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/18/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Adams Lane Care Center, 1856 Adams Lane

7/21/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

7/22/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

7/29/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

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Perry County

 

Junction City

7/22/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

7/26/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Rose Catholic Church, 120 N. High St

 

New Straitsville

7/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

7/25/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

7/19/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Circleville Fire Department, 586 North Court Street

7/19/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

7/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

7/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

7/26/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

7/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

7/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Homeland Credit Union, 25 Consumer Center

7/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

7/28/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

7/29/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Frankfort Community Blood Drive, 76 N. Main. Street

 

Kingston

7/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church  Hallsville, 8585 State Route 180

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

7/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

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Vinton County

 

McArthur

7/5/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Vinton County Community, 401 Veterans Memorial Dr.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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.

Upcoming Events
PERRY COUNTY FAIR Jul 21, 2017 09:00 AM - 12:00 AM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 State Route 37 East, New Lexington OH 43764
American Red Cross Blood Drive Jul 22, 2017 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM — American Legion Hall - 110 Logan St., Junction City, OH 43748
PERRY COUNTY FAIR Jul 22, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 AM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 State Route 37 East, New Lexington OH 43764
Art & Music in the Park at Buckeye Lake Jul 23, 2017 01:30 PM - 07:00 PM — 5200 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008
American Red Cross Blood Drive Jul 25, 2017 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St., New Straitsville, OH 43766
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