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American Red Cross Facing Blood Shortage – Lowest Number of Those Giving Blood in 20 Years

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The American Red Cross says they’re experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the country has been facing the lowest number of people giving in blood in at least 20 years. The blood supply has now fallen to critically low levels throughout the country. The Red Cross is urging anyone who can give blood and platelet donations, to do so.


In the past 20 years, those donating blood have fallen by at least 40%, the Red Cross said in a release. The Red Cross continued on saying even small disruptions to blood donations result in a huge impact on the availability of blood products and “dramatic consequences” for people in need of emergency blood transfusions. The period between this past Christmas and New Year’s saw a 7,000 unit short-fall in blood donations to the Red Cross.

“Small changes in blood donor turnout can have a huge impact on the availability of blood products and dramatic consequences for those in need of an emergency blood transfusion,” said Dr. Eric Gehrie, executive physician director for the Red Cross. “More challenges may lie ahead as the potential for severe winter weather and seasonal illness may compound the dire blood supply situation. Donors of all types – especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets – are urged to give now.”

Members of the community can make a difference by donating blood or platelets during a local blood drive. The Red Cross says blood donated goes towards helping local hospitals and patients. You can see a list of upcoming blood drives below.


-Cortland County-

City of Cortland

  • January 11th – 1pm to 6pm – Port Watson Mini Conference Center, 131 Port Watson Street
  • January 18th – 10am to 3pm – Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, 134 Homer Ave.
  • January 20th – 8am to 1pm – St. Mary’s Church, 44 N Main Street

Cortlandville

  • January 30th – 1pm to 6pm – CNY Living History Center, 4386 US Route 11

McGraw

  • January 9th – 11:30am to 4:30pm – McGraw Community Building, 15 Clinton Street

-Tompkins County-

Dryden

  • January 16th – 11am to 4pm – Dryden Veterans Mem. Home, 2272 Dryden Road
  • January 24th – 12pm to 4pm – Dryden Fire Department, 26 North Street

Groton

  • January 17th – 3pm to 7pm, Groton American Legion, 307 Main Street

Ithaca

  • January 9th – 10am to 3pm – Tompkins County Library, 101 E. Green Street
  • January 12 – 10am to 3pm – Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road
  • January 16th – 1:30pm to 6:30pm – Enfield Fire Department, 172 Enfield Main Road
  • January 18th – 10am to 3pm – Robert Purcell Community Center, 107 Jessup Road
  • January 19th – 12pm to 5pm – Danby Fire Department, 1780 Danby Road
  • January 23rd – 10am to 3pm – First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora Street
  • January 25th – 10am to 3pm – Vineyard Church of Ithaca, 23 Cinema Drive
  • January 26th – 1pm to 6pm – Robert Purcell Community Center, 107 Jessup Road
  • January 31st – 11:30am to 4:30pm – Ithaca College Campus Center, 953 Danby Road

Walk-ins are always welcomed during donation drives, but those with appointments are given first priority. To make an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org.

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