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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

 

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 14, 2019) — A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

 

The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

 

“Many people may not realize that blood products are perishable, and the only source of lifesaving blood for patients is volunteer blood donors,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “When donations decline, lifesaving medical treatments could be delayed, especially if winter weather and flu season further complicate the situation.”

 

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

 

“We hope people can resolve to save lives now – when there is an emergency need – as well as throughout the year,” added Wilson.

 

All eligible donors, especially those with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients. Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet 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). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

 

 

Winter weather poses risk to blood supply

With several weeks of winter ahead, severe winter weather poses an additional threat to an already low blood supply. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures last January and February forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing about 23,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. In December, winter weather resulted in nearly twice the number of uncollected blood and platelet donations as December 2017.

 

Who blood donations help

In May 2018, 3-year-old Behren Britton of Gahanna, known as Super Behren to his family and friends, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as ALL. As part of his treatment, Behren receives frequent blood transfusions and will need more as treatment continues. Behren is just one of countless local patients who relies on blood donations for lifesaving treatment.

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 14-Feb. 15:

Perry County

 

Corning

1/29/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

1/17/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

2/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

Junction City

1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

1/22/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

 

Thornville

2/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/9/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

2/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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Athens County

 

Albany

2/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

1/17/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

1/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Central  Venue, 29 E Carpenter Street

1/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

1/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., University Courtyard Leasing Office, 366 Richland Ave.

1/31/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alden Library-CoLab, Alden Library # 301, 30 Park Place

2/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University Baker Center, Ohio University Baker Center, 1 Park Place

2/11/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Green - Grosvenor Hall

2/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University General Students, 1 Park Place

2/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

 

Coolville

2/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hopewell Health Centers, 25716 Wilson St.

 

Nelsonville

1/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nelsonville York High School, 1 Buckeye Dr.

1/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

2/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

 

Stewart

1/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Federal Hocking High School, 8461 St. Rt. 144

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Clark County

 

Springfield

1/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cliff Park High School, 821 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

1/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Central Ohio Technical College Coshocton Campus, 200 N Whitewoman St

2/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton High School, 1209 Cambridge Road

2/1/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton County Department of Job and Family, 725 S. 7th Street

 

Fresno

2/6/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Warsaw

1/23/2019: 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., River View High School, 26496 St. Rt. 60 North

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

2/12/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

2/11/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Bremen

1/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

1/24/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

1/28/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield County Job & Family Services, 239 W. Main Street

2/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

2/6/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

2/13/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

2/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

2/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fairfield Christian Academy, 1965 N. Columbus St.

 

Millersport

2/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

1/24/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

1/28/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

2/2/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

2/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

 

Rushville

1/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

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Fayette County

 

Washington CH

1/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miami Trace High School, 3722 State Route 41 NW

 

Washington Court House

1/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

1/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southern State Community College, 1270 US Rte 62 SouthWest

2/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Greene County

 

Wilberforce

2/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Central State Univ Student Center, 1400 Brush Row Road

 

Xenia

2/10/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

1/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Meadowbrook High School, 58615 Marietta Road

2/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

1/17/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 136 E.8th Street

1/27/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

 

Cumberland

2/5/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

1/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Quaker City Community, 129 Fair Street

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

1/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street

 

Freeport

2/12/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

1/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

 

Leesburg

1/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland County Joint Fire/EMS Station, 200 South Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

1/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

1/27/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

1/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 Ohio 328

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Licking County

 

Granville

1/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

1/19/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ross' Granville Market, 484 South Main Street

1/24/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College

 

Heath

1/18/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Newark

1/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

1/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/16/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

1/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

1/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

1/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., MedBen, 1821 West Main Street

2/12/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

2/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

2/5/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Bremen Banking Center, 700 Corylus Drive

2/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

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Madison County

 

London

2/13/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rocking Horse Community Health Center Parking Lot, 212 N. Main St.

 

West Jefferson

1/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Morgan County

 

Malta

2/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

 

Stockport

1/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stockport United Methodist Church, 3455 Market St., P.O Box 116

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Muskingum County

 

Duncan Falls

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Duncan Falls - Philo Lions Club, Wayne Township Hall, 216 Bridge Street

 

New Concord

1/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

2/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., John Glenn HS, 13115 John Glenn School Road

 

Zanesville

1/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

1/19/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

1/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

1/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

2/11/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

2/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

2/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Caldwell High School, 516 Fairground Road

 

Sarahsville

1/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Shenandoah High School, 49346 SR 147

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Perry County

 

Corning

1/29/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.

 

Crooksville

1/17/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

2/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

Junction City

1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

1/22/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

 

Thornville

2/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

2/9/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

2/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

1/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

1/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

 

Williamsport

2/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

2/8/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

2/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., JR's General Store, 4715 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

1/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Homeland Credit Union, 25 Consumer Center

1/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

1/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chillicothe High School, 421 Yoctangee Parkway

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

2/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

2/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University of Chillicothe - Shoemaker Center, 101 University Drive

 

Frankfort

2/9/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.

 

Kingston

1/25/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

1/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newcomerstown East and West Schools, 517 Beaver Street

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. 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.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use 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.

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