Red Cross Asking For Blood Donations



Omaha,NE~~The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
 
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
 
In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.
 
“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”
 
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
 
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
 
The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Antelope County
Aug. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 115 W. Third St. in Neligh
 
Boone County
July 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Anthony's Parish Center, 111 N. Sixth St. in Cedar Rapids
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Petersburg American Legion Club, 105 N. Second St. in Petersburg
 
Colfax County
July 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at Howells Community Center, 128 N. Third in Howells
July 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at Howells Community Center, 128 N. Third in Howells
Aug. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, 319 Oak St. in Leigh
 
Dodge County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at City Auditorium, 741 Main St. in North Bend
Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at VFW American Legion Building, Oak St. in Dodge
 
Madison County
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Tilden Community Library, 202 S. Center St. in Tilden
July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2612 W. Norfolk Ave. in Norfolk
July 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walmart, 2400 Pasewalk Ave. in Norfolk
Aug. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2612 W. Norfolk Ave. in Norfolk
Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hy-Vee Store, 120 E. Norfolk Ave.. in Norfolk
 
Merrick County
July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Hall, 705 5th St. in Silver Creek
 
Pierce County
Aug. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at Osmond City Hall, Main St. in Osmond
 
Platte County
July 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BD East Plant, 605 E. 23rd St. in Columbus
July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Christian Center, 2472 32nd Ave. in Columbus
July 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at American Red Cross, 2905 23rd St. in Columbus
July 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Nebraska Public Power District, 1414 15th St. in Columbus
July 30 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2905 23rd St. in Columbus
July 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Christian Center, 2472 32nd Ave. in Columbus
Aug. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Christian Center, 2472 32nd Ave. in Columbus
 
Saunders County
July 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Country Club, 1581 Yutan Road in Yutan
July 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 300 S. Second St. in Cedar Bluffs
Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saunders County Medical Center, 1760 County Road J in Wahoo
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 504 W. 8th St. in Wahoo
Aug. 7 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 504 W. 8th St. in Wahoo
 
Washington County
July 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arlington Fairgrounds, 23656 Hiway 30 in Arlington
 





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