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American Red Cross Blood Shortage continues

 

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Emergency need remains; critical call for type O blood donors to donate now.

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand.

Sara Hernandez has been giving platelets since she was 18 years old. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Sara Hernandez has been giving platelets since she was 18 years old. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross says give the Gift of Life this Holiday

 

Think outside the Gift Box: Donate Blood and Give More Life

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.

Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.” Because of blood and platelet donors, Wissen will celebrate the holidays with her three children and husband.

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts offer free haircut coupon to blood and platelet donors

 

Donors of all blood types urgently needed to help patients this fall

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

“We are excited to continue the Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign and partnership with Sport Clips this September,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross in need of Blood and Platelet Donors

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.

Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rail and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) giving blood in support of the local Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) giving blood in support of the local Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain a diverse supply

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) donating blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) donating blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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American Red Cross says make New Year’s Resolution to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January to not only honor blood and platelet donors, but also to help increase donations during the winter months.

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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American Red Cross encourages blood donations before holidays

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing.

Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. This often causes a drop in the blood available for patients. Donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help offset this seasonal decline.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Donate blood with the Red Cross in October

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Support cancer patients and others needing blood

American Red CrossClarksville, TN – During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Help communities prepare for emergencies by donating blood to the Red Cross

 

Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give during National Preparedness Month

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month this September.

Becoming a regular blood donor is one way to help ensure communities are prepared for any emergency, including those where blood transfusions are needed. The Red Cross also encourages the public to get prepared by making a disaster plan for their homes or work places.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers give blood in support of the local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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American Red Cross and Sport Clips offer donors free haircut

 

“Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” campaign planned to encourage September donations

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September.

“We are pleased to partner with Sport Clips Haircuts in September nationwide, and through their generosity, offer a coupon for a free haircut to thank our amazing volunteer blood donors for their lifesaving gift to help patients in need,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

5th Special Forces Group soldiers donate blood to local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

5th Special Forces Group soldiers donate blood to local Red Cross. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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