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American Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Following record-breaking cold and winter storms that forced the cancellation of more than 10,000 blood and platelet donations in parts of the U.S. in February, the American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help cannot wait.

LaDeodra Drummond donates blood. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross)

LaDeodra Drummond donates blood. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross is making it easy, rewarding to save lives this holiday season

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets.

While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give November 18th-December 18th will also receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules?

$5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, for blood and platelet donors.

$5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, for blood and platelet donors.

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American Red Cross in urge need of Blood Donations in wake of Hurricane Dorian

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – As the American Red Cross works around the clock supporting those impacted by Hurricane Dorian, providing food, shelter and comfort, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to ensure patients in the storm’s path and around the country have access to lifesaving blood. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations after Hurricane Dorian impacts blood supply. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross)

American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations after Hurricane Dorian impacts blood supply. (Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross says Help Kids with Cancer by Giving Blood

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. would be diagnosed with cancer last year.

Blood donor Sydney Conway at an American Red Cross blood drive. (Sharon Penn, American Red Cross)

Blood donor Sydney Conway at an American Red Cross blood drive. (Sharon Penn, 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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Give Blood with American Red Cross this Spring, Be a Lifesaver

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring.

By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring.

Kavitha Gadiraju gives a whole blood donation. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Kavitha Gadiraju gives a whole blood donation. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross reports Severe Shortage of Type O Blood

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day.

HBO, Red Cross partner to offer sweepstakes, T-shirts to donors and Game of Thrones fans. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

HBO, Red Cross partner to offer sweepstakes, T-shirts to donors and Game of Thrones fans. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross Blood Supply strained as Winter Storms cancel Blood Drives

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

In January, more than 4,600 Red Cross blood and platelet donations went uncollected as blood drives were forced to cancel due to severe winter weather blanketing parts of the U.S., and additional cancellations are expected this week.

American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood, platelet donors to give now.  (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood, platelet donors to give now. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross urges Donors to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

Dennis Clapper donates platelets at a Blood Donation Center. He started giving whole blood in the 1960s and switched to giving platelets in the late 1970s. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Dennis Clapper donates platelets at a Blood Donation Center. He started giving whole blood in the 1960s and switched to giving platelets in the late 1970s. (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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