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Red Cross: Blood Drives, Donations Still Needed

Mar 23, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donations, both nationwide and in southern Illinois, have dropped.

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A local bank is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host at least three blood drives later this month.

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types -- especially type O.

Regional Red Cross spokesperson Joe Zydlo says a chief of pathology at a regional hospital just told him why the universal blood type of type O is needed in emergency situations.

American Red Cross Issues Urgent Plea For Donors.

Aug 8, 2019

The American Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors to give blood at the following locations and times:

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The American Red Cross wants to raise awareness about the need for more blood donations.

The Missing Types Campaign will erase the letters A, B and O - letters representing the main blood groups - from brands, social media pages, signs and websites. It's designed to highlight the role blood donors play in helping patients.

To help prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is trying a new approach.
 
The Red Cross is calling for winter heroes to host blood drives.

The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for people to donate blood following the Fourth of July holiday.

The Red Cross says in a statement Monday it's facing an emergency blood shortage because donations lagged during the holiday week.

With heat index readings expected to soar into triple digits this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us more than 600 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat every year.

The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers to help in disaster zones - and offering expedited training to help get people to where help is needed most.

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for help.

The organization needs blood and platelet donors after 37-thousand fewer donations than expected came in at blood banks across the nation in November and December.

The American Red Cross is urging area residents to donate blood and platelets throughout the rest of the summer.

Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says blood supplies are usually lower in June and early July, but he says they are significantly lower this year...partly due to unfortunate timing.

The American Red Cross says it's making it easier for people to donate blood, by giving you the chance to do some of the prep work ahead of time. 

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

A recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors shows more than 40 percent plan to travel the week before or after Independence Day, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give.