The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.
During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available — both contributing to the seasonal decline.
Donors of all blood types — especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
July 25: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Alton VFW, 4445 Alby St.
July 22: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E Central St.
July 27: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bethalto United Methodist Church, 240 E Sherman St.
July 16: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive
July 21: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 1098, 4225 Old Alton Road