Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

LINCOLN – An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

This need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

How to help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31

Cass

Plattsmouth

7/16/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 2543 Plattsmouth, 510 1st Avenue

Weeping Water

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., City Building, 102 W Eldora Ave

Gage

Beatrice

7/17/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., YMCA Beatrice, 1801 Scott Street

7/24/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southeast Community College Student Center, 4771 West Scott Road

7/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., State Developmental Center, Admin Bldg – 843 Wallman Dr.

Wymore

7/18/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building, 115 East E Street

Jefferson

Fairbury

7/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elk’s Club, 525 G Street

Johnson

Sterling

7/10/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sterling High School, 250 Main St

Tecumseh

7/12/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Andrew Catholic Church, 561 Jackson

7/13/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Andrew Catholic Church, 561 Jackson

7/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tecumseh State Correctional Institute, 2725 North Hwy 50

Lancaster

Hickman

7/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St.

Lincoln

7/9/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. John Catholic Church, 7601 Vine St

7/9/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Capital City Chapter, 220 Oakcreek Dr.

7/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., The Creamery Building, 701 P St

7/11/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hausmann Construction, 8885 Executive Woods Dr

7/13/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 2910 Pine Lake Road

7/17/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Nebraska Outdoor Adventures Center, 930 N 14th St

7/17/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Communication Works, 1540 South 70th St Suite 101

7/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lowe’s, 6101 Apples Way

7/21/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, 5220 O St

7/24/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Good Life Fitness Lincoln-Southeast, 8601 Amberhill Ct

7/27/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lincoln City Libraries, Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library, 6701 S 14th St

7/27/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lincoln City Libraries, Victor E. Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave

7/30/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Lutheran High School, 1100 N. 56th St.

7/31/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Red Cross Capital City Chapter, 220 Oakcreek Dr.

Nemaha

Auburn

7/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., 4-H Building, 9th and J Street

7/24/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 4-H Building, 9th and J Street

7/25/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., 4-H Building, 9th and J Street

7/26/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Nemaha County Hospital, 2022 13th St

Otoe

Nebraska City

7/16/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eagle’s Club, 600 1st Corso

7/27/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Walmart, 2101 S. 11th Street

Syracuse

7/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Memorial Hospital, 1579 Midland Avenue

Richardson

Falls City

7/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W 17th Street

7/27/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W 17th Street

Saline

Friend

7/31/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Community Building, 151 Main St

Seward

Cordova

7/20/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cordova Community Building, 210 Hector Street

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