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American Red Cross urgently needs Blood Donations during COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming Holidays

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season.

The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

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 urgently needs donors, Critical type O Blood Shortage

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.

With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves. 

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help restock blood supply. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help restock blood supply. (Amanda Romney, 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 urgent need of Blood Donations

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

Thomas Brown finishes giving blood with American Red Cross staff member Alex White. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

Thomas Brown finishes giving blood with American Red Cross staff member Alex White. (Amanda Romney, American Red Cross)

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American Red Cross has Critical need for Type O Blood

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10th will receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors to give now to ensure blood is available for patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. All other blood types are also needed at this time. (American Red Cross)

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors to give now to ensure blood is available for patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. All other blood types are also needed at this time. (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 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 faces Severe Blood Shortage, issues immediate call for Blood, Platelet Donations

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter. 

During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed.

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 blood donation opportunities May 29th-June 11th

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every minute, every day.

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 offers 3 ways to make saving lives easier than ever

 

Mobile and online tools help make donating blood and platelets more convenient

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.

At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains.

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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