The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
The call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or after Independence Day, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give. In addition, fewer blood drives are scheduled the week before and after Independence Day, because many hosting organizations postpone blood drives while people are on vacation.
Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an appointment. Those who come to donate from July 2-6 will receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball cap, while supplies last. To make an appointment and for more information, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
“Adding blood or platelet donation to a vacation to-do list can mean so much to patients and their families,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “It’s a simple act, taking as little as an hour, but can touch many lives.”
Donors will have several chances to give blood at area blood drive in July. The Washington County Hospital is hosting a drive July 14 from noon to 6 p.m. in the lower level conference room. Donors can sign up for a chance to win a coupon to be used in the newly renovated hospital gift shop.
On July 21, the Red Cross will be at the American Legion Hall in Okawville from 2 – 7 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt to all presenting donors while supplies last.
The Ashley Firefighters’ Association is sponsoring the Ashley/Radom Community Blood Drive on July 22 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Ashley Community Building.