American Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood and Platelet Donors
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 Page Gambill, CEO, for the Red Cross Appalachian 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. Platelet donors can make an appointment to donate by calling 1-866-353-1030. Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities 7/22/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Clifford Baptist Church, 635 Fletchers Level Road Amherst 7/22/2014: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Calvary United Methodist Ch, 845 Hemlock Road Salem 7/22/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Marion First United Meth Ch, 115 S. Church St. Marion 7/23/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Agriculture Building, 54 Administration Lane Buckingham 7/23/2014: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Radford University Cook Hall, 1 Fairfax St. Radford 7/23/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Staunton Gypsy Golf Pavilion, 600 ChurchvilleAve Staunton 7/24/2014: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Rocks Baptist Church, 393 Rocks Church Road Pamplin 7/24/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: RSMO Holiday Shopping Center, 1910 Virginia Ave Collinsville 7/24/2014: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Radford University Cook Hall, 1 Fairfax St. Radford 7/24/2014: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: PCA West Salem Medical Center, 1935 West Main Street Salem 7/25/2014: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, 10 Manor Drive Route 608 Stuarts Draft 7/25/2014: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Westminster Canterbury, 501 VES Road Lynchburg 7/25/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive Lynchburg 7/25/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: West End United Meth Ch, 1030 W North Street Wytheville 7/26/2014: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Charlotte Courthouse Amish, 137 Vincent Store Road Charlotte Court House 7/26/2014: 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Charleys Restaurant, 707 Graves Mill Road Lynchburg 7/28/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Randolph Mem Baptist Church, 4246 South Amherst Highway Madison Heights 7/28/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Main Street United Meth Ch, 212 E. Main St. Bedford 7/28/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Dublin Lions Club Bldg, 1036 Bagging Plant Rd Dublin 7/28/2014: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Christian Life International, 1CLI Way Salem 7/29/2014: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Faith Redemption Fellowship, 1955 Blackwater Road Forest 7/29/2014: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Campbell County Social Svcs, 69 Kabler Lane Rustburg 7/29/2014: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Bethel Baptist Church, 1601 Colorado St. Salem 7/30/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: The Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Ava Rocky Mount 7/30/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Fries Baptist Church, 111 E Main St Fries 7/30/2014: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Wingate by Wyndham, 3777 Candlers Mtn. Road Lynchburg 7/30/2014: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Target, 4737 Valley View Blvd Roanoke 7/31/2014: 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM: Iron Gate United Methodist Ch, 709 Market Street Iron Gate 7/31/2014: 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM: Bacova of Low Moor, 1000 Commerce Center Dr. Low Moor 7/31/2014: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Celco Federal Credit Union, 3381 Virginia Ave. Narrows 7/31/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: RSMO Holiday Shopping Center, 1910 Virginia Ave Collinsville 7/31/2014: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Genworth Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main St. Lynchburg 7/31/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Auburn United Methodist Ch, Five Points Road Riner 8/1/2014: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Floyd United Methodist Church, 417 E Main St. Floyd 8/1/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stones Dairy Rd. Bassett 8/1/2014: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Wheatland Hills Retirement Center, 201 Wheatland Court Christiansburg 8/2/2014: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Forest Public Library, 15583 Forest Road Forest 8/5/2014: 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Palestine Baptist Church, 9244 Smith Mtn Lake Pkwy Huddleston 8/5/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Mary Bethune Complex, 1030 Cowford Road Halifax 8/5/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: McCabe Memorial Bapt Church, 107 Clearview Drive Martinsville 8/5/2014: 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Rotary Field, 150 Woodland Drive Stuart 8/7/2014: 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Mountain View United Meth Ch, 1077 Viewpoint Lane Forest 8/7/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Antioch Baptist Church, 6700 Barnesville Highway Red Oak 8/7/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: RSMO Holiday Shopping Center, 1910 Virginia Ave Collinsville 8/7/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Garden City Baptist Church, 3536 Garden City Blvd. Roanoke 8/8/2014: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Virginia Tech Lane Stadium, Lane Stadium West Side Blacksburg 8/8/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Radford Public Library, 30 West Main St. Radford 8/8/2014: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Fairlawn Church of God, 7858 Peppers Ferry Blvd Radford 8/9/2014: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Winns Creek Baptist Church, 3088 Howard P Anderson Road Halifax 8/9/2014: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: New Hope Christian Church, 4229 Welcome Valley Road Roanoke 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.