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Red Cross announces blood shortage

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.

About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.

“Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Right now, the Red Cross only has less than a three-day supply when we need a five-day supply to be prepared for all situations that require blood products. To help meet this need, we’ve added about 8,000 additional appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. But we need people to fill those appointments, please join us today.”

Missing Types sees encouraging response, but all donors needed now

In June, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to encourage donors – especially new donors and those who have not donated in the past years – to give blood or platelets during the challenging summer months. Through the campaign, the letters A, B and O – letters that make up the main blood groups – disappeared from popular brands to symbolize what happens when blood goes missing from hospital shelves during blood shortages.

Despite an encouraging response to the campaign, blood donations still fell short of expectations in June, resulting in more than 24,000 fewer donations than needed, 200 fewer here in the Greater Ozarks & Arkansas Blood Services Region, and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.

 “Blood is only available when generous blood and platelet donors roll up a sleeve to give, and right now, all donors – especially those give have never given or haven’t given in a while – are urged to make an appointment to give today,” Numark added.

 How to help

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this summer by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31

Audrain County

Mexico

7/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Church of God Holiness, 1215 West Boulevard

Vandalia

7/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tri County Care Center, 601 N. Galloway

Boone

Centralia

7/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hubbell Power Systems, 402 N Howard Burton Dr

Columbia

7/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, 1100 Virginia Avenue

7/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stephanie Wilmsmeyer State Farm, 2609 E Broadway, Suite 214

7/10/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/12/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/13/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/14/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/15/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/17/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Womens and Childrens Hospital, 404 Keene St.

7/17/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, #1 Hospital Drive

7/17/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/19/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/20/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/21/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., University of Missouri Lewis and Clark Hall, University of Missouri, Lewis and Clark Hall

7/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W

7/24/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/26/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge

7/27/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge

7/28/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/28/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Newman Center, 602 Turner Ave.

7/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boone Hospital Center, 1600 E Broadway

7/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/30/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

7/31/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Womens and Childrens Hospital, 404 Keene St.

7/31/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m., Columbia Blood Donation Center, 1511 S. Providence Rd.

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Callaway

Fulton

7/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 6 East 7th St

7/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Koelling Family Chiropractic, 621 Commons Drive

7/30/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fulton High School, 1 Hornet Drive

Kingdom City

7/26/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Lighthouse, 2848 County Rd. 147

Cole

Jefferson City

7/9/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/10/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/12/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/13/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/14/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/15/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Missouri Department of Conservation, 2901 W. Truman Blvd

7/15/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/16/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/17/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/19/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/20/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/20/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Capital 8 Theaters, 3550 Country Club Drive

7/21/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/23/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/23/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Capital Mall, 3600 Country Club Drive

7/23/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Central United Church of Christ, 118 W Ashley Street

7/24/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/26/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/27/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/28/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/30/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

7/31/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane

Jefferson Cty

7/14/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Solid Rock Church, 508 Hunters Run Rd

Saint Thomas

7/21/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 14814 Rt. B

Monroe

Paris

7/11/2019: 12:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 106 N. Main

Randolph

Moberly

7/16/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Pius Church, 209 S. Williams

7/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sam’s Health Mart Pharmacies Store 1Moberly, 300 N. Morley

7/31/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Moberly Regional Medical Center, 1515 Union Ave