The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types and people are urged to give now and help restock blood supply.
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.
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.
They are asking for help to 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. 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 in our local area include:
1/21/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ashland Community College LRC Building, 1400 College Drive
1/29/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Fairview High School, 2201 Main Street
2/7/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Ave.
1/20/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive
1/21/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Russell Area Tech Center, 710 Red Devil Lane
1/30/2020: Noon – 5:30 p.m., Christian Life Academy, 10595 Chillicothe Pike
1/23/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 East Cross Street
1/31/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Minford HS, 491 Bond Rd, P. O. Box 204
1/22/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Morris University Center, 940 second St
1/23/2020: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Morris University Center, 940 second St.
1/28/2020: Noon – 5:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 fourth Street
2/5/2020: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Glenwood High School, 1 Glenwood Tiger Trail (New Boston)
2/6/2020: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Portsmouth West HS, 15332 US Rt 52
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 353-3101 ext. 1928
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