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EMERGENCY NEED: Red Cross blood supply dwindles after tough July Fourth week

The American Red Cross is now facing an emergency blood shortage following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood donations, with hundreds fewer blood drives than a typical week and a resulting decline in donations. Right now, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. All eligible donors are urgently needed to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

 

EMERGENCY NEED: Red Cross blood supply dwindles after tough July Fourth week

 

Emergency blood shortage: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 9, 2018) — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

The Red Cross provides donated blood to 41 hospitals across Central Ohio and needs an average of 550 blood donations each day to support patient care in 27 counties around Columbus.

This need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

How to help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added about 6,500 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.

Who blood donations help

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products for patients like 9-month-old Krew Anderson. Krew is a happy, laid-back baby boy. His wide grin frames two tiny teeth. He likes to play with balloons and just experienced his first boat ride and fireworks show, but Krew has faced more challenges in the last four months than many people will experience in a lifetime.

In March, Krew was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that causes bone marrow to produce a large number of abnormal blood cells. Since then, he has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and received 15 blood and platelet transfusions to date.

"The first time he got [a transfusion], I was just super nervous and didn’t know really what was happening,” said his mother, Stephanie Anderson. “Now, when he gets one, I’m like, ‘Yes, please, get him some blood to help him get more energy and back to normal.’”

Krew’s father, Richard Anderson, donated blood a couple of times a year prior to his son’s diagnosis, but after seeing Krew receive blood, he now plans to give as soon as he’s eligible again.

“For me, just knowing that if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want to make sure there’s enough blood out there for everyone, and that there’s no shortage,” he said.

Missing Types sees encouraging increase in new donors – all donors needed now

Facing a decline of about 80,000 new Red Cross blood donors each year for the past several years, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign in June to encourage new donors, and those who have not given recently, to donate blood. While the campaign has already inspired thousands of new donors to give, the Red Cross is now calling on all eligible blood and platelet donors to roll up a sleeve as soon as possible to overcome the emergency blood shortage.

Through the Missing Types campaign, which runs throughout the summer, the letters A, B and O – letters used to identify blood types – disappeared from corporate logos, celebrity social media accounts and favorite websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays in ensuring blood is never missing from hospital shelves.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31:

Athens County

 

Athens

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

7/19/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lowe's, 983 E. State St.

7/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ohio University Baker Center, Ohio University Baker Center, 1 Park Place

7/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mathew's Insurance, 240 Columbus Road

7/29/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Market on State, 1002 E. State St.

7/30/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., OU Inn, 331 Richland Avenue

7/31/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

 

Nelsonville

7/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Church of the Nazarene, 15275 St. Rt. 691

7/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocky Brands Outlet, 45 E. Canal St.

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Columbus Street

 

The Plains

7/23/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 49 Connett Rd

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Clark County

 

Springfield

7/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 W. National Road

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

7/31/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

 

Warsaw

7/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Warsaw Camp and Retreat Center, 818 Main Street

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Fairfield County

 

Bremen

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

7/21/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bernadette School, 1325 Wheeling Rd NE

7/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

 

Pickerington

7/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

7/10/2018: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Violet Twp. Fire Dept., 8700 Refugee Rd.

7/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

7/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

7/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

 

Rushville

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

7/28/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

7/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southern State Community College, 1270 US Rte 62 SouthWest

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

7/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cambridge High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

7/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

 

Cumberland

7/31/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Kimbolton

7/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Birmingham Methodist Church, 74091 Birmingham Road

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

7/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

7/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

 

Hillsboro

7/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 234 N. High Street

 

Leesburg

7/31/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland County Joint Fire/EMS Station, 200 South Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

7/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

7/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 State Route 328

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Licking County

 

Granville

7/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Johnstown

7/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., KDC Columbus, 8825 Smith’s Mill Road North

 

Newark

7/10/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/17/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/20/2018: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

7/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/31/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

7/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

7/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Summit Station United Methodist Church, 6626 Summit Rd SW

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Madison County

 

London

7/13/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick School, 226 Elm Street

 

Plain City

7/12/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike

7/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Journey Community Church, 240 W. Main Street

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Morgan County

 

Stockport

7/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stockport United Methodist Church, 3455 Market St., P.O Box 116

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Muskingum County

 

Dresden

7/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

New Concord

7/31/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane

 

Norwich

7/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., East 40 Church of Christ, 7522 E. Pike

 

Zanesville

7/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

7/16/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

7/21/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

7/23/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Centruy National Bank Lending Center, 505 Market St.

7/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

7/30/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/31/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zanesville High School, 1701 Blue Avenue

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Perry County

 

Corning

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Junction City

7/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

7/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Rose Catholic Church, 120 N. High St

 

Thornville

7/29/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

7/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickaway Twp Fire Department, 579 Tarlton Road

7/11/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 200 E. High St.

7/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

7/18/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Circleville Fire Department, 586 North Court Street

7/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

7/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

7/24/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

7/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

7/27/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Frankfort

7/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Frankfort Community Blood Drive, 76 N. Main. Street

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

7/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

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.

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