ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- July 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Revive, 1105 W. Beltline Road in Collinsville
- July 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 196 S. Moreland Road in Bethalto
- July 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Rosewood Heights Fire Department, 45 E. Airline Drive in East Alton