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Critical type O blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs donors

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

 

Critical type O blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs donors

 

Critical type O blood shortage: Red Cross urgently needs donors

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help restock blood supply

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 20, 2020) — The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

 

O so needed

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

 

Help replenish the blood supply

Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,600 platelet donations for patients who rely on blood to survive. In Central Ohio alone, the Red Cross needs 550 donors each day to support patients being treated at 40 area hospitals.

 

Shortfalls in donations can cause delays in essential medical care for patients like 12-year-old Dagan Hawkins. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November, Dagan has required platelet and blood transfusions during his cancer treatments. “There was a time when they needed to have blood products delivered from another hospital because they were unavailable there,” said Dustin Hawkins, Dagan’s father.

 

Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Perry County

 

Corning

1/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

1/23/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

Junction City

1/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

2/14/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

2/2/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/13/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

2/13/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

2/15/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens County

 

Albany

2/12/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

1/21/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

1/22/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

1/27/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

1/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alden Library-CoLab, Alden Library # 301, 30 Park Place

2/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

 

Coolville

2/13/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hopewell Health Centers, 25716 Wilson St.

 

Glouster

2/6/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

1/20/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

1/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

1/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nelsonville York High School, 1 Buckeye Dr.

 

Stewart

1/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Federal Hocking High School, 8461 St. Rt. 144

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Clark County

 

Springfield

2/6/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cliff Park High School, 821 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

1/21/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

1/31/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton High School, 1205 Cambridge Road

2/12/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

2/12/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

2/13/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., McWane Ductile, 2266 South 6th Street

 

Fresno

2/12/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

2/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Amanda Fire Department, 211 No. Johns Street

 

Baltimore

2/1/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Liberty Union Middle School, 994 S. Main St.

2/10/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Bremen

1/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

1/27/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

1/28/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

1/29/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job and Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

1/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

2/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/5/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lancaster High School, 1312 Granville Pike

2/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

2/12/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

2/13/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

 

Millersport

2/5/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

1/20/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

2/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

2/13/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

2/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

 

Rushville

1/21/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

1/22/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berne Union High School, 506 N. Main Street

2/8/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

2/8/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington Court House

2/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Greene County

 

Xenia

2/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

1/21/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 58615 Marietta Road

2/5/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

1/23/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

1/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/25/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

 

Quaker City

2/3/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

2/4/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 129 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

1/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

 

Freeport

2/11/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

1/29/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

1/26/2020: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

2/14/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 Ohio 328

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Licking County

 

Granville

1/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College

 

Newark

1/20/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

1/21/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/26/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

1/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/31/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/3/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Emerson R. Miller Library, 990 West Main St.

2/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

2/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/14/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

2/4/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

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Madison County

 

West Jefferson

1/28/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Morgan County

 

Malta

2/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

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Muskingum County

 

Duncan Falls

2/4/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Duncan Falls - Philo Lions Club, Wayne Township Hall, 216 Bridge Street

 

New Concord

1/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

 

Zanesville

1/27/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

2/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

2/6/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

2/7/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Caldwell High School, 516 Fairground Road

 

Sarahsville

1/30/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shenandoah High School, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

 

Corning

1/24/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

1/23/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

Junction City

1/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

2/14/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

2/2/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/13/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

2/13/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

2/15/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

1/24/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

1/29/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

2/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

 

Williamsport

2/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

2/14/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Crafts Unlimited, 4417 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

1/24/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

2/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

2/6/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Chillicothe High School, 421 Yoctangee Parkway

2/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University of Chillicothe - Shoemaker Center, 101 University Drive

2/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

 

Frankfort

1/21/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adena Elementary School, 3367 Co Rd 550

2/8/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

1/28/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newcomerstown East and West Schools, 517 Beaver Street

2/12/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

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.

Upcoming Events
Free Soup for the Seniors Lunch Feb 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Perry County Counts Census 2020 Solutions Workshop Feb 20, 2020 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Perry County District Library - 117 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive American Legion Post 58, Thursday, February 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM — American Legion Post 58 - 107 East Gay St, Somerset, OH 43783
New Lexington Police Department K9 Demo and Officers vs Teachers Basketball Fundraiser Feb 21, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Junction City Elementary School - 307 W Poplar St, Junction City, OH 43748
Blood Drive Perry County Senior Center Friday, February 21, 2020 Feb 21, 2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
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