Critical Blood Shortage: Red Cross urges blood, platelet donors to give now

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 in the Western Missouri Region to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.American Red Cross Blood Donation Statistic Image

At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products

Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. 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.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming Western Missouri Region blood donation locations: July 25-Aug. 15

KANSAS
Johnson County
Overland Park
July 29: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135th St.
July 30: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sams Club, 8300 W. 135th St.
Aug. 5: Noon – 4 p.m., Global Connections, 5360 College Blvd, Ste 105.

Shawnee
July 25: 3 – 7 p.m., 24 Hour Fitness Club, 11311 W. Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
July 27: 2 – 7 p.m., Mill Valley High School, 5900 Monticello Rd.
Aug. 14: 1 – 5 p.m., American Legion Post 327, 6521 Nieman Rd.

Leavenworth County
Leavenworth
July 28: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1101 N. 4th St.
Aug. 5: 1 – 5 p.m., Corrections Corporation of American, 100 Hwy Ter.

MISSOURI
Buchanan County
St. Joseph
July 25: 2 – 6 p.m., YMCA, 315 South 6th St.
Aug. 12: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., In Memory of Donna Blackwell, 401 N. 12th St.

Platte County
Kansas City
July 29: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Culver’s NKC, 5901 NW 64th St.

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