Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donations


The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply. In addition, the Independence Day holiday may have caused many regular donors to postpone donations due to vacation plans. A recent Red Cross poll revealed that more than 75 percent of donors surveyed indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after July 4.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Donations are urgently needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks. If you’ve thought about giving blood and helping to save lives, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”

How to Help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites to allow for more donors to make an appointment to give. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to avoid longer wait times. Donors with all blood types are needed.

Those unable to give can still help by encouraging others to give through a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/sleevesup, giving of their time through volunteerism or making a financial donation to support Red Cross humanitarian work across the country and around the world.

Who Blood Donations Help

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 11-year-old Mae Rainey, who needs regular blood transfusions as part of her treatment for a blood disorder.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities that the Red Cross has given us to get her to her healthiest state,” said Caleb Rainey, Mae’s older brother.

Watch Mae’s story to learn how blood donations can make a lifesaving difference.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Ohio

Gallia

Gallipolis

7/13/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., River of Life United Methodist Church, 35 Hillview Dr

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Lawrence

Ironton

7/5/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ohio University Riffe Center, 1804 Liberty Avenue

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Pike

Piketon

7/5/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Piketon Nursing Center, 300 Overlook Drive

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Scioto

Franklin Furnace

7/14/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Big Sandy Superstore-Distribution Center, 8375 Gallia Pike

McDermott

7/8/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lombardsville Community Church, 13012 ST ROUTE 73

Portsmouth

7/23/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1325 Gallia Street

Rarden

7/25/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rarden Community Center, 1663 Main St, ST RT 73

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Washington

Belpre

7/6/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 1411 Putnam-Howe Drive

Lowell

7/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Lowell VFD, 223 Lock Street

Marietta

7/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Basilica of Saint Mary, 506 Fourth Street

Kentucky

Boyd

Ashland

7/13/2016: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., King’s Daughters Medical Center Health Education Center, 2201 Lexington Avenue

7/16/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Summit-Ironville Fire Department, 252 st rt 716

Rush

7/6/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kilgore UMC, 14630 St. Rt. 854

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Carter

Grayson

7/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Family Life Center, 3rd and Pomeroy St

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Greenup

Russell

7/18/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive

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Pike

South Williamson

7/15/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., South Side Mall, 275 Mall Rd

West Virginia

Boone

Madison

7/23/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Madison Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Square

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Braxton

Sutton

7/19/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Braxton County Senior Citizen Center, 23 Senior Center Drive

7/22/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Braxton County High School, 200 Jerry Burton Drive, Rt. 19 North

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Cabell

Barboursville

7/7/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Barboursville Sr. Citizen Center, 739 Central Avenue

Huntington

7/11/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Huntington Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd

7/15/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., River Valley Child Development, 61 7th Ave Suite 300

7/18/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Huntington Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd

7/25/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Huntington Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd

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Jackson

Ripley

7/9/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., West Ripley Baptist Church, 611 Main Street W

7/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jackson General Hospital Learning Center, 122 Pinnell Street

7/21/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Calvary UMC, 205 Court Street

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Kanawha

Charleston

7/7/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., HealthNet Aeromedical Services, 110 Wyoming Street

7/8/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., CAMC General, Morris Street

7/12/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., West Virginia American Water, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

7/15/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, 1 Greyhound Drive

7/18/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd West

7/19/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., CAMC Women & Childrens, 800 Pennsylvania Ave

7/20/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Jackson Kelly Laidley Tower, 500 Lee Street

7/20/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross West Virginia Region, 113 Lakeview Drive

7/21/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Chase Tower, 707 Virginia Street East

7/22/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Voters Registration Office, 415 Quarrier Street

Institute

7/19/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., WV State University, Route 25, PO Box 1000

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Lewis

Weston

7/12/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church- Weston, 132 E Second St

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Logan

Chapmanville

7/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Chapmanville Middle School, 300 Vance Street, Crawley Creek Road

Logan

7/14/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Logan Elementary School, 18 Wildcat Way

Mallory

7/13/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Man Elementary, 1 Pioneer Path, P. O. Box 269

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Mason

Point Pleasant

7/20/2016: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Hospital Wellness Center, 2520 Valley Drive

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Putnam

Scott Depot

7/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Suddenlink, 4939 Teays Valley Road

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Roane

Spencer

7/20/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heritage Park Community Bldg, 110 Church St

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Wayne

Huntington

7/7/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., VA Rec Hall – HUNTINGTON, 1540 Spring Valley Drive

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Wood

Mineral Wells

7/8/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2226 Elizabeth Pike, PO Box 28

Parkersburg

7/8/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parkersburg Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Ave

7/14/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Highmark West Virginia, 614 Market Street

7/15/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parkersburg Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Ave

7/22/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parkersburg Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Ave

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