ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.
Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage.
To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood and help save lives, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
July 11 from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Church, 918 N. Main St. in Brighton
July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square in Alton
July 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Faith Fellowship Church, 4719 Seminary Road in Alton
July 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Meridian Village, 27 Auerbach in Glen Carbon
July 13 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Eden United Church of Christ, 903 N. Second St. in Edwardsville
July 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Highland Hope UMC, 12846 Daiber in Highland
How to donate blood
Call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are age 17 (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.