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Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2018) — This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. In Ohio, the Red Cross has seen a shortfall of more than 2,600 blood donations.

 

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

Severe weather forces blood drive cancellations causing thousands of donations to go uncollected

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 8, 2018) — This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

 

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. In Ohio, the Red Cross has seen a shortfall of more than 2,600 blood donations.

 

“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Rodney Wilson of the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”

 

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.

 

While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now:

  • Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
  • Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
  • Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

How to help

Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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.

 

Who blood donations help

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family. Hrouda was 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began bleeding. An emergency cesarean section was performed, but Hrouda hemorrhaged during surgery. She received 14 units of blood and seven units of plasma before she and her newborn son, Rusher, were flown to a nearby hospital. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count.

 

“My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors,” said Hrouda. “It is safe to say that without their time and donations, Rusher and I would not be here today. Because of donors, I get to watch my kids grow up and become the adults they dream of being.”

 

The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 8-31:

Athens County

 

Athens

1/16/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

1/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, OU-Baker Center, 1 Park Place

1/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio University Clippinger Hall, 139 University Terrace

1/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Green - Grosvenor Hall

1/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

1/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ohio University McCracken Hall, 100 E. Union Street

1/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., OU College of Communications, Radio Television Bldg., College St.

1/30/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

 

Nelsonville

1/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

1/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocky Brands Outlet, 39 Canal Street

1/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nelsonville York High School, 1 Buckeye Dr.

1/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

 

Stewart

1/25/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Federal Hocking High School, 8461 St. Rt. 144

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Clark County

 

Springfield

1/11/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cliff Park High School, 821 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Warsaw

1/10/2018: 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., River View High School, 26496 St. Rt. 60 North

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Fairfield County

 

Bremen

1/23/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

1/8/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

1/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job & Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

1/11/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fisher Catholic High School, 1803 Granville Pike

1/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church Lancaster, 1950 Pleasantville Road

1/23/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., OU Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

 

Lithopolis

1/13/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

1/17/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

1/29/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

1/30/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Toll Gate Middle School, 12089 Toll Gate Rd

 

Rushville

1/23/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

 

Sugar Grove

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berne Union High School, 506 N. Main St.

1/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

1/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Southern State Community College, 1270 US Rte 62 SouthWest

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

1/18/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 58615 Marietta Road

 

Cambridge

1/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

1/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

1/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Area Life Squad, 640 North Washington St.

 

Leesburg

1/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland County Joint Fire/EMS Station, 200 South Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

1/16/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

1/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

1/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 Ohio 328

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Licking County

 

Granville

1/31/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College, Slayter Hall - 3rd Floor

 

Marne

1/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

 

Newark

1/9/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

1/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

1/16/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/25/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hillvew Elementary School, 1927 Horns Hill Road

1/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/30/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/31/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

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Madison County

 

Plain City

1/18/2018: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

 

West Jefferson

1/23/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

1/22/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Nashport

1/9/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Nashport Elementary, 3775 Creamery Rd

 

New Concord

1/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

 

Zanesville

1/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

1/17/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University – Zanesville/Zane State, 1425 Newark Rd.

1/18/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Hospital, 2950 Maple Ave

1/27/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

1/29/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

1/29/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

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Noble County

 

Sarahsville

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shenandoah HS, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

 

Corning

1/16/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

1/10/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., PCC Airfoils, 101 China St.

1/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

 

Junction City

1/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

1/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

 

New Straitsville

1/30/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

1/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

1/8/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 16 S. Walnut St.

1/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., VA Medical Center, 17273 St. Rt 104, Building 9

1/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Law Enforcement Complex, Ross C. Law Complex, 28 N. Paint St.

1/15/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

1/20/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of Deliverance, 393 N High St

1/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

1/30/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Homeland Credit Union, 25 Consumer Center

 

Frankfort

1/29/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Adena Elementary School, 3367 Co Rd 550

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

1/17/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

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.

 

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations during National Blood Donor Month

Upcoming Events
American Red Cross Blood Drive - New Lexington High School Jan 24, 2018 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM — New Lexington High School - 2547 Panther Dr, New Lexington, OH 43764
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Workshop Jan 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Perry County JFS - 212 South Main Street New Lexington, OH  43764
American Red Cross Blood Drive - American Legion Hall Jan 27, 2018 08:00 AM - 01:00 PM — American Legion Hall - 110 Logan St., Junction City, OH 43748
American Red Cross Blood Drive - New Straitsville United Methodist Church Jan 30, 2018 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St., New Straitsville, OH 43766
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown Feb 01, 2018 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM — Perry County Calvary Arts Center - 447 S Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
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