Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for donations this month

 

BLOOD 1 WINTER 2018

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for donors of all blood types to help address a winter shortage.

Severe winter weather in Missouri and other states has had a tremendous impact on blood donations. Nationally, more than 150 blood drives this month were forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributed to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.JULY BLood 3

While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood donation types right now:

  • Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations.
  • Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients.
  • Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation.

Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in disaster-affected areas.

 Eligible donors can schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

Locations of area blood donation opportunities in January:

MISSOURI

St. Joseph: Jan. 23, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Red Cross, Northwest Missouri Chapter, 401 N. 12th St.

Kearney: Jan. 23, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., KCB Bank, 950 W. 92 Hwy.

Independence: Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Independence, 18001 Bass Pro Dr.

Kansas City:  Jan. 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. KCMO Aviation Blood Drive, 601 S. Brasilia.
Jan. 12, Noon – 4 p.m., Boys & Girls Club of Greater KC, 2405 Elmwood.
Jan. 16, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish, 701 E. Meyer Blvd.
Jan. 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St.
Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.
Jan. 23, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 8600 Ward Parkway, Suite 7
Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.,  Red Cross GKC Chapter, 211 W. Armour Blvd.
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., HyVee 64th Street, 5330 NW 64th St.
Jan. 28, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Club House, 5602 NW Club House Cove.

Lees Summit:  Jan. 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Reese Nichols Lakewood, 5000 NE Lakewood.
Jan. 25, Noon — 4 p.m., John Knox Village, 1001 Chipman Rd.
Jan. 27, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Spirit Zone Booster Club, 1160 SE Century Dr.
Jan. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Luke’s East, 100 NE St. Luke’s Blvd.

Platte City:  Jan. 30, Noon – 6 p.m., Platte County High School, 1501 Branch and 92 Hwy.

Riverside:  Jan. 16, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Dr.

KANSAS

Atchison:  Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 603 N. 8th St.

Gardner:  Jan. 13, 9 a.m. —  2 p.m., Gardner Elementary School, 218 E. Shawnee St.
Jan. 18, 2 p.m. — 8 p.m., Nike Elementary, 19500 S. Gardner Rd.

Lenexa:   Jan. 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Metro Title Services, 8215 Melrose Dr., #200.

Leavenworth:  Jan. 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Guidance Center, 500 Limit St.
Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1101 N. 4th St.

Olathe:   Jan. 12, 1 p.m. — 5 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Olathe, 12051 Bass Pro Dr.

Jan. 15, 1 pm. – 7 p.m., Olathe Indian Creek Library, Santa Fe Shopping Center,
13511 S. Mur-Len Rd, Suite 129.

Overland Park:   Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rose Estates, 12700 Antioch Rd.
Jan. 20, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., New Haven Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 8714 Antioch.
Jan. 23, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m., Ad Astra, 6900 W. 80th St., #300.
Jan. 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Overland Park Racquet Club, 6800 W. 91 St.

Shawnee:   Jan. 17, 11 a.m. — 5:30 p.m., Monticello Trails  School, 6100 Monticello Rd.

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