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Severe blood shortage: Red Cross issues immediate call for blood donations

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

 

Severe blood shortage: Red Cross issues immediate call for blood donations

Blood drive hosts also needed this winter to stop prolonged shortage

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 13, 2018) — The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

 

During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Fewer blood drives in September and October coupled with hurricanes Michael and Florence, which caused thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected, were key contributing factors to the current blood shortage.

 

“This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without your generosity,” said Rodney Wilson, communications mananger for the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “From traumas to ongoing cancer treatments, the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays. People can give back – and help those in need – by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation now and hosting a blood drive in the weeks to come.”

 

An additional 4,300 blood drives nationally – and more than 20 blood drives locally in the Central Ohio Region – are needed in December, January and February to help stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter. Donations often decline during the winter holidays when many groups postpone blood drives while regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations contributing to fewer donations than needed.

 

To encourage donations around the Thanksgiving holiday, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross Nov. 21-24 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

How to help

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass, are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this winter, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

 

Who blood donations help

Kylee Durham, 11, had a rare type of vascular tumor in her right jaw bone. When the tumor ruptured in August, the hemorrhage caused Kylee to lose so much blood that she needed two units of blood before an emergency embolization surgery to stop the bleeding. She required additional transfusions during surgery and received a total of eight units of blood, or about the total blood volume of an average adult, over a 12-hour period.

 

The surgery was successful, and Kylee had a partial resection of her jaw a couple of days after the embolization to remove the tumor. Now a few months post-surgery, Kylee is back at home, enjoying middle school and spending time doing the things she loves. Her mother, Brittany Durham, is grateful for the donors who helped save Kylee’s life.

 

“If it weren’t for blood donors, my daughter would not be alive. She nearly lost all of her blood. Blood donors saved her life,” said Durham. “My dad has been a blood donor for years, and my whole family now are blood donors in honor of Kylee. I encourage people on a daily basis to go out and donate blood.”

Severe blood shortage: Red Cross issues immediate call for blood donations

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 13-Dec. 15:

Perry County

 

Corning

11/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

11/20/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

Junction City

11/17/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

11/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

12/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

12/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

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

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Athens County

 

Albany

12/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

11/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

11/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

11/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

11/28/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

12/12/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., OU Credit Union, 944 E. State St.

 

Glouster

12/13/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

11/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

 

Stewart

11/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Federal Hocking High School, 8461 St. Rt. 144

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

11/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton High School, 1209 Cambridge Road

11/21/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

11/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dean's Jewelry, 409 Main Street

12/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

12/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

 

Fresno

12/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Bedford Care Center, 33272 State Route 643

12/12/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

12/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Baltimore

12/3/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Bremen

11/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

11/13/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

11/16/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fisher Catholic High School, 1803 Granville Pike

11/23/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center - Thanksgiving Drive, 401 N. Ewing Street

11/30/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

12/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lancaster Vineyard Church, 431 Whiley Rd. S.W.

12/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Bernadette School, 1325 Wheeling Rd NE

12/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/12/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

12/15/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

 

Millersport

12/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

11/25/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sycamore Creek Church, 8100 Refugee Road

11/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

11/28/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8950 Refugee Rd.

12/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road

12/3/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

12/5/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

12/6/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

12/8/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

12/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marcus Theatre, 1776 Hill Rd North

 

Rushville

11/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

12/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jeffersonville Lions Club, One Railroad Street

 

Washington Court House

12/11/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Greene County

 

Xenia

12/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

12/5/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

11/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

11/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

12/2/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

12/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

 

Cumberland

11/28/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

11/16/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road, SR 513

12/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 129 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

11/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

11/14/2018: 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

11/17/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374

11/18/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

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Licking County

 

Granville

11/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

11/28/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College, Slayter Hall - 3rd Floor

 

Heath

11/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heath Fire Department, 193 Heath Road

11/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

12/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's, 888 Hebron Road

12/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boeing Guidance Repair Center, 801 Irving-Wick Drive West

 

Newark

11/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/15/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., YMCA, 470 West Church Street

11/16/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., MoundBuilders Country Club, 125 North 33rd Street

11/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

11/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

11/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/30/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/5/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

12/7/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

11/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

11/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

12/4/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

 

Utica

12/6/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

11/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Madison Plains High School, 800 Linson Rd.

 

Plain City

11/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike

11/17/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Journey Community Church, 11100 Lafayette-Plain City Road

 

W Jefferson

12/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Krazy Glue Co., 1450 West Main St.

 

West Jefferson

11/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Morgan County

 

Malta

12/7/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

11/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Dresden

12/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

Zanesville

11/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

11/19/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., McDonald's, 2739 Maple Avenue

11/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/24/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

11/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foxfire High School, 2805 Pinkerton Road

12/3/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

12/4/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Century National Bank, 1201 Brandywine Blvd

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

12/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, Noble County Fairgrounds  44187 Fairgrounds Rd, Community Center

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Perry County

 

Corning

11/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

11/20/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

Junction City

11/17/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

11/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

12/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Thornville

12/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

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

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

11/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

11/30/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

12/7/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Logan Elm Health Care Center, 370 Tarlton Rd

 

Williamsport

12/6/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

12/7/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

 

Chillicothe

11/16/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Huntington High School, 188 Huntsmen Road

11/21/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

11/30/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

12/6/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Glatfelter Family Medical, 311 Caldwell St.

12/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

 

Frankfort

11/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

 

Kingston

11/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church  Hallsville, 8585 State Route 180

11/30/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

11/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Newcomerstown High School, 702 S River St

 

 

 

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