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American Red Cross reports Emergency Blood Shortage, donors needed

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross from now through August 29th will receive a $5.00 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.

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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 issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors

 

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American Red CrossNashville, TN – A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected more than 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage says American Red Cross. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage says American Red Cross. (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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Blood donors urged to help restock American Red Cross shelves after Severe Winter Storms

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.

Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel, resulting in over 9,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations in the first two weeks of March.

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 Winter Blood Shortage reaches Critical Level

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month.

The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.

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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Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now

 

American Red CrossNashville, TN – While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains.

The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

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 Closes Emergency Shelter in Dickson after Long-Term Power Outages

 

American Red CrossDickson, TN – The American Red Cross shelter at the Walnut Street Church of Christ has closed. One resident stayed at the shelter overnight on Wednesday, after they were unable to return home due to an extended power outage after Sunday’s ice storm. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Red Cross Responds to Tennessee Ice Storms

 

Offer Vital Power Outage Safety Tips for Communities that May Still be Affected

American Red CrossDickson, TN – The American Red Cross operated and staffed an overnight shelter with a team of volunteers, to offer safe refuge for those residents who were affected by the ice storm and may require electricity in order to operate life-sustaining equipment.

The shelter had no overnight stays Monday night but local Red Cross officials plan to keep it open until Wednesday to serve those who may still need to utilize the facility. «Read the rest of this article»

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