the American Red Cross prevent a summer shortage
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[July 07, 2014]
- The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and
give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O
negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross
is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood
drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets
continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of
June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an
appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what
patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations
during the summer.
platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many
serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery
patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment
for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more
and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or
call 1-800-RED CROSS.
blood donation opportunities:
July 16 from
12-5 p.m. at Lincoln Sports Complex, 1400 Primm Road in Lincoln.
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
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 driverís license or two other forms of identification are
required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with
parental consent 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.
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About the American Red Cross
Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims
of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nationís 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
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[Text received; BEN COREY, AMERICAN