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American Red Cross urges Blood Donation During the Season of Giving

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual.

That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season.

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 blood donors have new opportunity to help patients fighting COVID-19

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

Donors needed this fall to maintain blood supply amid ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. (Jason Miczek/American Red Cross)

Donors needed this fall to maintain blood supply amid ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. (Jason Miczek/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross needs Donors of all Blood Types, races and ethnicities

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply.

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular blood transfusions, blood must be matched closely – beyond the primary A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of developing complications from transfusion therapy.

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross faces Blood Emergency, issues urgent call for Blood, Platelet Donors

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.

Less than three-day supply of most blood types; new and existing donors called to help save lives. (American Red Cross)

Less than three-day supply of most blood types; new and existing donors called to help save lives. (American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross Urgently needs Blood, Platelet Donations Now

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations.

Come to the American Red Cross to give blood by December 19th, receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Come to the American Red Cross to give blood by December 19th, receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross in need of Blood, Platelet donations in wake of Hurricane Florence

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country.

People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Thousands of lifesaving blood donations have gone uncollected due to drive cancellations forced by the hurricane, but patients still need critical medical care. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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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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Red Cross announces Emergency Blood Shortage, issues urgent call for Blood Donors

 

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

American Red CrossNashville, TN -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 and platelet 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.

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Heidi Reed relaxes in a donor chair following her blood donation. Reed’s mother received blood during a surgery. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross says give Blood Now, help save lives by next month

 

Donors of all blood types urged to give blood, platelets this holiday season

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled due to severe winter storms.

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 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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