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 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.
Who blood donations help
Because of generous donors, the Red Cross can provide blood products for patients like 9-month-old Krew Anderson. Krew is a happy, laid-back baby boy. His wide grin frames two tiny teeth. He likes to play with balloons and just experienced his first boat ride and fireworks show, but Krew has faced more challenges in the last four months than many people will experience in a lifetime.
In March, Krew was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that causes bone marrow to produce a large number of abnormal blood cells. Since then, he has gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and received 15 blood and platelet transfusions to date.
“The first time he got [a transfusion], I was just super nervous and didn’t know really what was happening,” said his mother, Stephanie Anderson. “Now, when he gets one, I’m like, ‘Yes, please, get him some blood to help him get more energy and back to normal.’”
Krew’s father, Richard Anderson, donated blood a couple of times a year prior to his son’s diagnosis, but after seeing Krew receive blood, he now plans to give as soon as he’s eligible again.
“For me, just knowing that if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. I want to make sure there’s enough blood out there for everyone, and that there’s no shortage,” he said.
Missing Types sees encouraging increase in new donors – all donors needed now
Facing a decline of about 80,000 new Red Cross blood donors each year for the past several years, the Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign in June to encourage new donors, and those who have not given recently, to donate blood. While the campaign has already inspired thousands of new donors to give, the Red Cross is now calling on all eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve as soon as possible to overcome the emergency blood shortage.
Through the Missing Types campaign, which runs throughout the summer, the letters A, B and O – letters used to identify blood types – disappeared from corporate logos, celebrity social media accounts and favorite websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays in ensuring blood is never missing from hospital shelves.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31
7/16/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 205 Central Expressway N
7/18/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kids 'R' Kids of West Allen, 1223 Alma Drive
7/25/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., PFS, 505 Millennium Dr
8/1/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Watson & Chalin Manufacturing Inc., 725 E. University Dr.
7/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross Dallas Chapter McKinney Branch, 1450 Red Bud Blvd
7/30/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, 5252 W. University Drive
7/12/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Campus at Legacy, 5340 Legacy Drive
7/15/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Domaine, 6400 Windcrest Drive
7/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Plano, 4700 Alliance Blvd.
7/19/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Preston Park Plaza, 4975 Preston Park Blvd., Suite 15
7/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lincoln R&D in Legacy IV Building 1, 6500 Pinecrest Dr., Ste 100
7/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 6408 Plano Pkwy
7/22/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Titan Chair Company, 1303 Marsh Ln.
7/31/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Covenant Church, 2644 E Trinity Mills Rd
7/16/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross - Dallas Chapter BUS, 4800 Harry Hines
7/18/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Crescent Real Estate, 200 Crescent Court
7/18/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Internal Revenue Service, 4050 Alpha Rd.
7/24/2018: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Baylor University Medical Center, 3500 Gaston, Roberts Building 17th floor
7/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., 8111 Westchester Drive
7/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Baylor University Medical Center, 3500 Gaston, Roberts Building 17th floor
7/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foundry Commercial, 8144 Walnut Hill Ln.
7/28/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lochwood Branch Library, 11221 Lochwood Blvd
8/2/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd.
8/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., NorthPark Center, 8687 N Central Expy.
7/9/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Duncanville Public Library, 201 James Collins Blvd
7/10/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prism Electric, Inc., 2985 Market St.
7/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jack L. May Field Operations Complex, 2343 Forest Lane
7/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Shiloh Oaks Apartments, 2379 Apollo Rd
7/17/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., ASI Gymnastics Firewheel, 5002 George Bush Frwy
7/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Best Buy Store 1412, 3171 N George Bush Fwy
7/16/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Republic National Distributing Company, 1010 Isuzu Parkway
7/23/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairview Baptist Church Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute, 1202 Small Street
8/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Arlington Career Institute, 901 Ave. K
7/9/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 400 E Airport
7/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Intellicenter, 3701 Regent Blvd
7/14/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A Mesquite, 1600 N. Town East Blvd
7/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Islamic Association of North Texas, 840 Abrams Rd.
7/15/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Carrollton Campus, 4141 International Parkway
7/21/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 West Oak Street
7/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1901 Timber Creek Rd
7/14/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morris Road
7/13/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Medical City Frisco, 5500 Frisco Square Blvd
7/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Half Price Books, 3221 Preston Rd.
7/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toyota, 1547 S Stemmons Frwy
7/28/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunset Pointe, 2300 Dawn Mist Dr.
7/23/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr.
7/24/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., City Real Estate, 101 N.W. Main Street
7/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Waxahachie Family YMCA, 100 YMCA Dr
7/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Whitney High School, 1400 N. Brazos
7/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 N Knox
7/20/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Burleson Honda, 632 North Burleson Blvd.
7/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chick-Fil-a Forney, 900 E. US Highway 80
7/31/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Chick-Fil-a Forney, 900 E. US Highway 80
7/21/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 105 N 4th St
8/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Half Price Books Rockwall, 959 I-30
8/1/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., My Computer Career, 1701 E Lamar Blvd
7/10/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Baylor All Saints Medical Center, 1400 8th Avenue
7/31/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Frost Bank, 3000 S. Hulen Street
8/2/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Medical City Alliance, 3101 N. Tarrant Parkway
8/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lowe's Lake Worth, 3500 northwest centre drive
8/4/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Brown Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Dr.
8/4/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northside Community Center, 1100 Northwest 18th St
7/20/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., DealerBuilt, 1225 S. Main Street, STE 201
7/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Suite 525
7/30/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, 1650 West College Street
7/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Life Time Fitness, 1551 Debbie Lane
7/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saginaw Walmart, 1401 N Saginaw Blvd