Written by Staff
DALLAS - The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood donors to step up and give now,” said Steve Nagle, CEO for the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.””
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.
June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer. In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.
The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. 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.
Blood may be needed for patients like Beth who received blood and blood products to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML.) She says, “With the long treatment for AML, I received blood, packed cells and platelets many times. These blood donations kept me alive through treatment, remission and finally to a cure. I think individuals who donate blood are my Angels on Earth.””
Below is a sampling of upcoming blood drive opportunities. Log onto redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to find a drive nearest your location:
July 17 from 10 a.m. - 3 PM at Healthcare Associates, Boardwalk Medical Office Building, 1110 Cottonwood Ln Ste. L100, Irving, TX 75038.
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at GracePoint Church, 590 S. Denton Tap in Coppell, TX
July 18 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Valley Ranch Master Association, 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 101, Irving, TX 75063.
July 19 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Roadrunner Transportation Services, 1415 S Loop 12, Irving, TX 75061.
July 20 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Valley Ranch Master Association, 8830 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 101, Irving, TX 75063.
July 29 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Aviation Institute of Maintenance Schools, 400 E Airport, Irving, TX 75061.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Source: American Red Cross