Red Cross: Low blood supply continues

Nearly two years into the pandemic, everyone has earned a holiday break with their family and friends. But as the nation gathers again for celebrations this season, the American Red Cross, which provides 40% of the country’s blood, is facing historically low blood supply levels.

Busy holiday schedules, breaks from school and winter weather all contribute to a drop in blood and platelet donations this time of year. Those factors, combined with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, make it vital for donors to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. If more donors don’t come forward to give blood, some patients requiring a transfusion may potentially face delays in care.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free.

To encourage donors to help address the historically low blood supply this holiday season, all who come to give Dec. 17-Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming drives:

Maumee, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St.

Pettisville, Dec. 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pettisville Missionary Church, 19055 Co Rd D.

Whitehouse, Dec. 23, 12-6 p.m., Whitehouse American Legion, 6910 S. Providence St.

Napoleon, Dec. 28, 12-6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1075 Glenwood.