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A’s, B’s and O’s are missing – Red Cross campaign calls for new blood donors to fill the Missing Types

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.

 

A’s, B’s and O’s are missing – Red Cross campaign calls for new blood donors to fill the Missing Types

 

A’s, B’s and O’s are missing – Red Cross campaign calls for new blood donors to fill the Missing Types

New survey finds widespread misconceptions about blood donation

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 11, 2018) — As part of an international movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign today to recruit new blood donors – and those who have not given recently – to ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients.

 

During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the main blood groups – will disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B and O blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care could be impacted.

 

“Unfortunately, blood shortages still happen and the number of new Red Cross blood donors is shrinking each year,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “That’s why the Red Cross is asking those who have never donated blood and those who haven’t given in a while to make a lifesaving donation. You are the missing type patients need.”

 

Don’t wait until the letters A, B and O go missing from hospital shelves. Join the #MissingType movement today – make an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Survey reveals public misconceptions about blood needs and donation

A recent survey, conducted on behalf of the Red Cross, revealed a troubling disconnect between the public’s perception of blood donations and the realities of patient transfusion needs.

  • Three-quarters (74 percent) of the public underestimate how frequently blood transfusions occur.* Most people perceive blood is needed in the U.S. every 15 minutes or even every hour or two hours when in fact, every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood.
  • Nearly half of the public (45 percent) know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion.* Yet only three percent of the U.S. population donates each year.
  • More than one-third (35 percent) of the public has never considered that blood may not be available when they or a loved one need it.* Blood shortages are not uncommon in the United States and can only be prevented when more people roll up a sleeve to give.
  • More than half (53 percent) of the public believe they need to know their blood type to donate.* Good news – Potential blood donors do not need to know their blood type before giving blood. After individuals give blood, the Red Cross provides each donor their blood type. By joining the #MissingType movement, donors can find out their blood type this summer.

 

Missing letters can lead to delays in treatment

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients. During Lily’s  2 1/2 years of treatment for high-risk leukemia, her family was told twice that the hospital didn’t have the blood or platelets she needed and that she would have to wait for transfusions. It was incredibly frustrating and eye-opening for Lily’s mom, Susie Dotson.

 

“People automatically think blood is there. They don’t realize we’re relying on their blood donation,” said Dotson. “Lily needed blood products just as much as the chemo or the treatment.”

 

Lily, now 11, has been cancer-free for four years and is preparing to enter middle school this year.

 

Each day, blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those like Lily who are receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

New donors needed

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. But for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.

Donating blood is a simple process and only takes about an hour from start to finish.

 

  • Registration: Sign in, show ID and read required information.
  • Health check: Answer questions and receive a mini-physical.
  • Donation: Giving a pint of blood only takes about eight to 10 minutes.
  • Refreshments: Donors enjoy snacks and relax before resuming their day.

 

The Red Cross appreciates the support of its 18 lead partners who have joined the #MissingType campaign, including: Adobe, Anheuser-Busch, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Domino’s, Dropbox, Google, IBM, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Mastercard, Nationwide, Neiman Marcus, the New York Yankees, Oreo, PayPal, Salesforce, State Farm®, Sunoco and U.S. Bank.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 11-July 3:

Athens County

 

Albany

6/19/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wells (Albany) Public Library, 5200 Washington Rd

 

Athens

6/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

6/15/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., OU Credit Union, 944 E. State St.

6/19/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Athens County Children Services, 18 Stonybrook Drive

6/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Laurels of Athens, 70 Columbus Circle

6/27/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Holzer Clinic-Athens, Holzer Clinic, 2131 East State St.

 

Glouster

6/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

The Plains

6/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

6/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hickory Creek of Athens, 51 East Fourth Street

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Clark County

 

Springfield

6/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Forest Glen Health Campus, 2150 Monteco Drive

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

6/12/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

6/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hopewell Industries, 637 Chestnut Street

 

Fresno

6/20/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

6/18/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

6/12/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

6/11/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

6/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baltimore VFW, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Carroll

7/3/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Carroll Lions Club, 75 Center Street

 

Lancaster

6/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

6/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

6/14/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

6/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., SAM FM 98.3 Summer Blood Dr at Knights of Columbus - Lancaster, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pleasant Twp. Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE

6/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job & Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

7/2/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

7/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

 

Pickerington

6/29/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

6/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

6/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave, Medical Arts Building 2

7/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Greene County

 

Xenia

6/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

6/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

6/22/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

6/30/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

7/3/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

 

Quaker City

6/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 126 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

6/26/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

6/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

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Hocking County

 

Logan

6/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, 21190 State Route 374

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Licking County

 

Etna

6/22/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

6/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2468 Granville Newark Road

 

Heath

6/19/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church Heath, 732 Hebron Road (RT.79)

 

Johnstown

6/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

6/12/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/14/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

6/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/16/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bible Baptist Church, 50 Price Road

6/19/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 East Main Street

6/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/27/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

6/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

7/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

6/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

 

Utica

6/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

6/19/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rocking Horse Community Health Center Parking Lot, 212 N. Main St.

6/22/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., London Strawberry Festival, P.O Box 434

6/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Buckeye Ford, 110 U.S. Route 42

 

Plain City

6/23/2018: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

 

West Jefferson

6/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Dresden

6/16/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

Duncan Falls

6/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cornerstone Full Gospel Church, 4509 Salt Creek Drive

 

New Concord

6/29/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., John Glenn HS, 13115 John Glenn School Road

 

Zanesville

6/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/26/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

7/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

6/13/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

6/14/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

New Lexington

6/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

 

Somerset

6/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

6/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

7/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

6/15/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge Produce Auction, 4053 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

6/11/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

6/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Winegardner Chiropractic, 39 N Plaza Blvd

6/20/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., VA Medical Center, 17273 St. Rt 104, Building 9

6/22/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

6/25/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Unioto High School, 1432 Egypt Pike

6/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

6/27/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

 

How to donate blood

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

 

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

Supplemental Information about Survey Methodology

*These are the findings from an Ipsos poll conducted April 16-18, 2018, on behalf of the Red Cross. For the survey, a sample of 503 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online, in English. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of ±5.0 percentage points for all respondents surveyed.

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