Blood emergency: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

Published: 7/9/2019 12:49:45 PM

DEDHAM, Mass. — Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care. 

About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31

Athol

July 11: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Legion Post 102, 325 Pequoig Ave.

July 29: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 102, 325 Pequoig Ave.

Baldwinville

July 20: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Templeton Senior Center, 16 Senior Drive (GPS 79 Bridge St.)  

Gardner

July 22: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post # 129, 22 Elm St. 

Winchendon

July 24: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post, 295 School St.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

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

 

 


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