Thousands Answer The Call, But Red Cross Blood Shortage Continues
of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet
donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there
continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of
all types are urgently needed.
issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has 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.
blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs
recharging,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross
Blood Services. “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.”
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.
How to help
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or
call 1-800-RED CROSS (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.
UpComing September Red Cross Blood Drives
• Church of Christ: 2761 Broadway Ave, North Bend. Thursday, September 7, 1-6 pm
• Umpqua Bank North Bend: 2330 Broadway Ave, North Bend. Wednesday, September 13, 10:30am - 3:30pm
• US Dept of the Interior: 1300 Airport Lane, North Bend. Thursday, September 14, 8-10:45am