Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations


The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations nationally for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday.

Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day.

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

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). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors.

Here is the list of donation sites in the Kansas City Metro Area for the month of July:

Blue Springs
July 21: Noon-4 p.m., Outlaw Harley Davidison, 3100 Northwest Jefferson.

July 7: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pizza Ranch, 4660 Bass Pro Drive.
July 17: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., US Bank Noland Road Branch, 3640 South Noland Road.
July 21: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Drive.
July 25, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 3850 South Crackerneck Road.

Kansas City
July 9: 9:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Highlands Community of Christ Church, 7615 North Platte Purchase Drive. (In memory of Marta Smith)
July 10: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., KCI Crossfit, 10601 Northwest Ambassador Drive, Suite G.
July 15: 10 a.m.-7 p.m, Swope Parkway Church of Christ, 5620 Swope Parkway.
July 18: 3 p.m-7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 8600 Ward Parkway, Suite 7.
July 20: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kansas City City Hall , 414 East 12th Street.
July  21: 8 a.m.-Noon, Boilermakers Local 83, 5910 East 86th Street.
July 24: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium- Shark Week Extravaganza, 2475 Grand Blvd.
July 25: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Greek Orthodox Church-Annunciation, 12001 Wornall Road.

July 20: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., KCB Bank, 950 West 92 Highway.

July 10: 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 603 North 8th Street.

July 17: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th Street.

Kansas City
July 6: Noon-4 p.m., AT&T Mobility, 10620 Parallel Parkway.

July 6: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Creative One, 11460 Tomahawk Creek Parkway.
July 22: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 4501 West 119th Street.

July 13: 8 a.m.-Noon, Vin Solutions, 5700 Broadmoor, 9th Floor.

July 6: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Aberdeen Village, 17500 West 119th Street.
July 11: 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 151st Street Church of Christ, 13875 West 151st Street.
July 12: 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Olathe, 12051 Bass Pro Drive.
July 22: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 14500 151st Street.

Overland Park
July 7: 11:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Road.
July 14: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Security Bank of Kansas City, 7500 West 95th Street.
July 15: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Road.
July 20: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Menorah Medical Center, 5721 West 119th Street.
July 25: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Lifetime Fitness OP, 6800 West 138th Street.

Prairie Village
July 11: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., US Bank Mission Road Branch, 6940 Mission Road.

July 24: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 11311 West Shawnee Mission Parkway.

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