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Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give

Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

 

Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give

Red Cross blood shortage continues as thousands answer the call to give

Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 25, 2018) — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

 

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

 

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Rodney Wilson, communications mananger of the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

 

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

 

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

 

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25-Aug. 15:

 

 

Athens County

 

Albany

8/1/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

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

8/3/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

 

Nelsonville

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

8/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parade of the Hills, 85 W. Columbus Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

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

8/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Earl's Dari Drive In, 708 Otsego Ave

8/7/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

8/8/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

 

Fresno

8/15/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

8/13/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

8/7/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

8/6/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Lancaster

8/6/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

8/7/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

8/8/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 343 E. Walnut St.

8/9/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

8/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

 

Millersport

8/8/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

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

8/3/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Central High School, 300 Opportunity Way

8/7/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Dr.

8/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

8/11/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern 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

8/7/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Greene County

 

Dayton

8/6/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Beavercreek Nazarene Church, 1850 North Fairfield Road

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

8/8/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

8/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cambridge Chiropractic, 927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 201

 

Cumberland

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

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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

8/4/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Harrison County Cancer Crusaders at the Wallace Lodge-Sally Buffalo Park, 43000 Industrial Park Road

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Highland County

 

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

8/11/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Move The Hills, 1 East Main St

8/12/2018: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

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Licking County

 

Croton

8/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hartford Fair, 14028 Fairgrounds Road

 

Granville

8/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

 

Heath

8/14/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Grateful Life Tour at the Church In The Mall, 771 S 30th Street

 

Johnstown

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

 

Newark

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

8/2/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., MedBen, 1821 West Main Street

8/3/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/7/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

8/7/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/10/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Community Weslyan Church, 161 Myrtle Ave

8/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

8/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First UMC Newark, 88 North 5th Street

 

Pataskala

8/6/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

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Madison County

 

Plain City

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

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Morgan County

 

Malta

8/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

 

McConnelsville

8/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Morgan High School, 800 Raider Drive

 

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

 

Adamsville

8/6/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

New Concord

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

 

Zanesville

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

8/1/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Oaks at Northpointe, 3291 Northpointe Dr

8/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

8/2/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, Noble County Fairgrounds  44187 Fairgrounds Rd, Community Center

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

8/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

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

 

New Straitsville

8/14/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Thornville

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

8/4/2018: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

8/4/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

8/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

 

Williamsport

8/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green 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

8/1/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

8/8/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/13/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

 

Frankfort

7/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Frankfort Community Blood Drive, 23 W Springfiled Street

 

Kingston

8/2/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church  Hallsville, 8585 State Route 180

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Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

8/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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 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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