Thousands of people have responded to the American Red Cross emergency call for blood and platelet donations in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage.
After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org.
As a special thank you, those who donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross from July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*
Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.
“The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging,” said Joe Zydlo, external communications manager of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven’t to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients.”
Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the 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 the time it takes to donate.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities through August 15 in the Greater Kansas City Chapter service area:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kansas City Fire Department, 6750 Eastwood Trafficway, Kansas City.
7 a.m. – Noon, Missouri Department of Transportation, 600 NE Colbern Rd., Lees Summit.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., City Center Square, 1100 Main Street, Kansas City.
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Red Cross Chapter, 211 W. Armour Blvd, Kansas City.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Apostolic Church of God, 1911 Hardesty Ave., Kansas City.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Spartan Athletics, 725 NW Commerce Dr., Lees Summit
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Victory Christian Fellowship, 903 W Walnut St., Waverly.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Kansas City Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St., Kansas City.
2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Presbyterian Disciples Church, 914 Franklin Ave, Lexington.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hy Vee-Liberty, 109 N. Blue Jay Dr., Liberty.
Noon – 4 p.m., North Kansas City YMCA, 1999 Iron, North Kansas City
9 a.m. – Noon, Adesa Kansas City, 15511 Adesa Dr., Belton.
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., zTrip, 1316 E. 14th St., Kansas City.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heritage Biologics Inc., 255 NW Victoria Dr., Lees Summit.