Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week

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PHILADELPHIA (WBRE/WYOU) – An emergency blood shortage is prompted after donations dwindled during the Fourth of July holiday week.

The lack of blood supply motivated 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.

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 Independence Day holiday and enjoyed summer activites. 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 to 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 www.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.

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to 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.

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 and platelet 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:

Bradford

Gillett

7/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ridgebury Fire Hall, 13248 Berwick Turnpike

Towanda

7/11/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post No. 42, 912 Main St.

7/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1248 Golden Mile Road

Troy

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Troy Fire Company, 1 Firehouse Road

Wyalusing

7/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post No. 534, 89 Bowling Alley Road

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Carbon

Weatherly

7/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post No. 360, 360 Veterans Lane

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Clinton

Lock Haven

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lock Haven Moose Lodge No. 100, 150 S. Hanna St.

Mill Hall

7/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mill Hall Fire Company, 9 E. Peale Ave.

Woolrich

7/17/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woolrich, 2 Mill St.

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Columbia

Benton

7/11/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center, 42 Community Drive

Berwick

7/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., NC Church, 20 Kachinka Hollow Road

Bloomsburg

7/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bloomsburg Fire Company, 911 Market St.

7/10/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Columbia Mall, 225 Columbia Mall Drive

7/17/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bloomsburg University, Kehr Union Building, 400 E. Second St.

7/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., LCBC Church, 2421 Columbia Blvd.

7/24/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Columbia Mall, 225 Columbia Mall Drive

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Caldwell Consistory, 150 N. Market St.

Millville

7/30/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mill-Green United Methodist Church, 75 S. State St.

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Lackawanna

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Scranton Blood Donation Center

3 West Olive St. (located in the Icebox Complex), Scranton

Mondays: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Carbondale

7/13/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Blood Drive in Memory of Amanda Giglia-Prawdzik, Creekside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 45 N. Scott St.

Clarks Summit

7/27/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway

7/28/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive

Moosic

7/14/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Greenwood Hose Company, 3727 Birney Ave.

Moscow

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 220 Church St.

Scranton

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, 720 Delaware St.

7/30/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Moses Taylor Hospital, 700 Quincy Ave.

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Luzerne

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

Wilkes Barre Blood Donation Center

29 New Commerce Blvd., Ashley

Mondays: 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dallas

7/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dallas American Legion Post No. 672, 730 Memorial Highway

Edwardsville

7/20/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion, 468 Northampton St.

Hazle Township

7/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Drive

7/23/2018: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Eagle Rock Resort, 599 Lake Valley Drive

7/30/2018: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Mountain Valley Family Martial Arts, 1093 N. Church St.

Hazleton

7/25/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lackawanna College of Hazleton, 2 E. Broad St.

West Hazleton

7/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd.

7/16/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hazleton Chapter House, 165 Susquehanna Blvd.

West Pittston

7/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Pittston Moose Lodge No. 1207, 425 Exeter Ave.

White Haven

7/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., White Haven VFW Post No. 6615, 3 VFW Road

Wilkes Barre

7/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Luzerne County Employees, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

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Lycoming

Montoursville

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 700 Fairview Drive

7/31/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Arista Care at Loyalsock, 1445 Sycamore Road

Muncy

7/11/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Muncy Masonic Lodge No. 299, 28 Brummer Pond Road

7/30/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastern Lycoming YMCA, 50 Fitness Drive

South Williamsport

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Duboistown United Methodist Church, 133 Summer St.

Williamsport

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Brusters Ice Cream, 1600 E. Third St.

7/13/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nippenose Valley Village, 7190 S. Route 44

7/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Divine Providence Hospital, 1100 Grampian Blvd.

7/20/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St.

7/26/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board, 200 East St.

7/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St.

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Monroe

Blakeslee

7/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police-Fern Ridge, 127 Parkside Ave.

7/30/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Blakeslee Community Center, Routes 115 and 940

Brodheadsville

7/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace, 1402 Route 209

East Stroudsburg

7/9/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., East Stroudsburg University, Dansbury Commons, 200 Prospect St.

7/25/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, 83 S. Courtland St.

Pocono Manor

7/31/2018: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Kalahari Resort, Convention Center, 250 Kalahari Blvd.

Stroudsburg

7/14/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St.

7/27/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boundless Yoga Studio, 823 Ann St., Suite F

Tannersville

7/18/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northampton Community College, Pocono Hall, 2411 Route 715

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Northumberland

Elysburg

7/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, 599 W. Center St.

Herndon

7/16/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1473 Urban Road

Kulpmont

7/16/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post No. 231, 856 Ash St.

Milton

7/17/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Joseph’s Church, 854 Cemetery Road

7/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 47 Walnut St.

Turbotville

7/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Anthony Township Municipal Building, 1361 White Hall Road

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Pike

Dingmans Ferry

7/21/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 135 Park Road

Milford

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Milford Fire Department, 107 W. Catherine St.

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Vincent DePaul Church, 101 St. Vincent Drive

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Schuylkill

Frackville

7/9/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Frackville Elks Lodge No. 1533, 307 S. Third St.

7/26/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehab Center, 500 W. Laurel St.

Minersville

7/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Building, 301 Heffner St.

Pine Grove

7/16/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pine Grove Ambulance, 46 Spruce St.

Schuylkill Haven

7/19/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St.

Tamaqua

7/11/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Salvation Army, Gym, 105 W. Broad St.

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Snyder

Middleburg

7/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Post No. 5640, 1555 Paxtonville Road

7/27/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 100 E. Main St.

Mount Pleasant Mills

7/31/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Arbogast Lutheran Church, 456 Arbogast Church Road

Selinsgrove

7/9/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Susquehanna University, 514 University Ave.

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Tioga

Lawrenceville

7/31/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 6 Franklin St.

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Union

Lewisburg

7/12/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Country Cupboard, 101 Hafer Road

7/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross, 249 Farley Circle

Winfield

7/20/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Winfield Baptist Church, 330 Route 304

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Wayne

Damascus

7/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Damascus Area School, 174 High School Road

Hamlin

7/27/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Salem Public Library, 518 Easton Turnpike

Honesdale

7/17/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wayne County Park Street Complex, 648 Park St.

7/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 150 Terrace St.

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Wyoming

Tunkhannock

7/18/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 809 Hunter Highway

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About the Red Cross:

The American 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 RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

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