blood with the American Red Cross June 18
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[June 17, 2014]
- The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep
donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a
shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those
with type ‘O-negative’, ‘B-negative’ and ‘A-negative’.
While the need
for blood remains constant during the summer, donations drop.
Between June and August, on average, two fewer donors give blood at
each Red Cross blood drive than what hospitals need. This seasonal
decline could be overcome if just two additional donors – above what
is expected – give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.
seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Recently, a
patient needed 79 blood products after injuries sustained during a
car accident. Thanks to blood donors who gave in the days and weeks
prior, blood products were readily available for this patient and
thousands of others at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion
centers across the country supported by the Red Cross.
The next Logan
County blood drive will be held June 18 from Noon to 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 driver’s 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 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
or visit us on Twitter at
[Text received: BEN COREY, AMERICAN RED CROSS]