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Blood emergency: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

With less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, the American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply. The call for donations comes after a difficult July Fourth week for donations when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, compounding a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

 

Blood emergency: Red Cross issues urgent call  for blood and platelet donors

 

Blood emergency: Red Cross issues urgent call
for blood and platelet donors

Less than three-day supply of most blood types;
new and existing donors called to help save lives

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 9, 2019) — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet 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 than 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 Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Central Ohio 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, the Red Cross has added about 8,000 additional appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors.

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 and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.

“Blood is only available when generous blood and platelet donors roll up a sleeve to give, and right now, all donors – especially those who have never given or haven’t given in a while – are urged to make an appointment to give today,” Wilson 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.

 

Who blood donations help

Troy Stemen is a 17-year-old Central Ohio student with an upbeat attitude and love for sports and gaming. He’s also a survivor of high-risk acute lymphoma leukemia. During his treatment, he received 37 platelet and 10 red blood cell transfusions from generous Red Cross donors. “When a child goes through the whole cancer process, you don’t really know what to expect,” said Veronica Stemen, Troy’s mother. “Looking back now, after all the dust has settled, we realize that if we didn’t have blood or platelets that maybe Troy would not be with us today.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31:

 

Perry County

 

Crooksville

7/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Oakfield Wesleyan Church, 3616 St. Rt. 13

 

Junction City

7/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

7/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

7/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mt. Aloysuis, 5375 Tile Plant Rd

7/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Lex CCCU, 700 Center St

7/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Rose Catholic Church, 120 N. High St

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

 

New Straitsville

7/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Athens County

 

Albany

7/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

7/16/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ohio University Baker Center, Ohio University Baker Center, 1 Park Place

7/17/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lowe's, 983 E. State St.

7/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., OU Inn, 331 Richland Avenue

 

Nelsonville

7/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Columbus Street

 

The Plains

7/12/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 49 Connett Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

7/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Altercare of Coshocton, 1991 Otsego Ave

7/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

 

Fresno

7/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Valley View Health Clinic, 32327 State Route 643

 

Warsaw

7/18/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Warsaw Camp and Retreat Center, 818 Main Street

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

7/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 700 South Main St

 

Bremen

7/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

7/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

7/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

7/20/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bernadette School, 1325 Wheeling Rd NE

 

Lithopolis

7/13/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

7/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

7/22/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

7/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8950 Refugee Rd.

 

Rushville

7/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

7/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Victim Witness Division, 133 S. Main St.

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

7/31/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

7/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

7/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

7/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

7/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

 

Cumberland

7/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

7/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

7/17/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

7/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Meadows of Cadiz, 308 West Warren St

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

7/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

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Licking County

 

Granville

7/9/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway

7/16/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Denison Univ - Slayter Hall, 250 Ridge Road

7/26/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

7/9/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Boeing Guidance Repair Center, 801 Irving-Wick Drive West

7/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

7/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's, 888 Hebron Road

 

Hebron

7/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

7/25/2019: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., KDC Columbus, 8825 Smith’s Mill Road North

 

Newark

7/9/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

7/9/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/12/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., First UMC Newark, 88 North 5th Street

7/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

7/16/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

7/16/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/19/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bible Baptist Church, 50 Price Road

7/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., USW Union Hall Local #244, 350 Hudston Ave

7/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

7/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, 73 North Third Street

7/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Emerson R. Miller Library, 990 West Main St.

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

7/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Summit Station United Methodist Church, 6626 Summit Rd SW

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Madison County

 

Plain City

7/11/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike

7/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Journey Community Church, 11100 Lafayette-Plain City Road

 

W Jefferson

7/25/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Krazy Glue Co., 1450 West Main St.

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Morgan County

 

Stockport

7/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stockport United Methodist Church, 3455 Market St., P.O Box 116

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Muskingum County

 

Frazeysburg

7/19/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadow View Church of Christ, 6750 Raiders Road

 

New Concord

7/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

 

Norwich

7/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., East 40 Church of Christ, 7522 E. Pike

 

Zanesville

7/9/2019: 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Muskingum County Engineer, 155 Rehl Rd

7/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

7/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

7/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zanesville High School, 1701 Blue Avenue

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

7/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Oakfield Wesleyan Church, 3616 St. Rt. 13

 

Junction City

7/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

7/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

7/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mt. Aloysuis, 5375 Tile Plant Rd

7/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Lex CCCU, 700 Center St

7/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Rose Catholic Church, 120 N. High St

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

 

New Straitsville

7/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

7/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., OhioHealth Berger Hospital, 1280 North Court Street

7/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., OhioHealth Berger Hospital, 1280 North Court Street

7/15/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rhoads Garden Center, 1051 State Route 56 East

7/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

7/26/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

7/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Homeland Credit Union, 25 Consumer Center

7/17/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Pixelle Family Medical Center, 311 Caldwell St.

7/18/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Mary's Family Life Center, 40 E. 4th Street

7/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

7/26/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

7/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

 

Kingston

7/31/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church  Hallsville, 8585 State Route 180

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Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

7/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

 

 

 

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.

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