The American Red Cross faces a critical need for blood donations as summer winds down and the Labor Day holiday approaches.
Although an emergency appeal for donors in early summer temporarily stopped a decline in donations, results from July show that Red Cross blood donations for the month were the lowest they had been since 1996. In fact, blood donations through the Red Cross hit a 15-year low earlier this summer.
“Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Rolling up a sleeve and helping save lives can be a special way to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this year.”
If at least three extra donors gave blood at every Red Cross drive through the rest of summer, above what the drives expect to collect, there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs. Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help treat accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. These patients rely on lifesaving blood products during their treatment. Those whose lives may be touched by your generosity will be forever grateful. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to any patient. This blood type is often used in emergency situations when doctors do not have time to check a patient’s blood type before transfusion.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
— Thursday, Sept. 6, Franklin Community Blood Drive at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call Joe at (828)369-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment
— Friday, Sept. 7, Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Barbara at (828)369-4166 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
— Wednesday, Sept. 19, Prentiss Church of God Blood Drive, 59 Church Hill Lane, Franklin, 1 to 6 p.m. Call Jean at (828)371-2545 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
— Thursday, Sept. 20, Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Blood Drive, 3195 Old Murphy Road, Franklin, 12 to 4:30 p.m. Call Pat at (828)524-7806 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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, 16 with parental permission in some states, 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. About the American Red Cross- The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.