The American Red Cross continues to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donations. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.
After issuing an emergency call, the Red Cross experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org. Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.
“The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging,” said Christy Peters, external communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven’t to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients.”
Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 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.
As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Upcoming area blood donation opportunities include: Thursday, July 27, noon-6 p.m., Swanton High School, 601 N. Main St.; Monday, Aug. 7, 1-6 p.m., Lyons Christian Church 138 E. Morenci St.; Tuesday, Aug. 8, 6 a.m.-nooon, Fulton County Health Center, 725 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon; Friday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Swanton High School, 601 N. Main St.