The American Red Cross says its facing another severe blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply.
Currently, there’s less than a three-day supply of most types available.
The call for donations comes after a difficult July Fourth week, with hundreds fewer blood drives than a typical week creating a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations last month..
About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.
“Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.
“Right now, the Red Cross only has less than a three-day supply when we need a five-day supply to be prepared for all situations that require blood products. To help meet this need, we’ve added about 8,000 additional appointments at blood donation centers and community blood drives over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. But we need people to fill those appointments, please join us today.”
Locally, you can get to drives at the following locations:
7/8/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Cincinnatus, 2608 Baptist Avenue
7/11/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cortlandville Fire Department, 999 State Route 13
7/12/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Cortland Regional Medical Center, 134 Homer Avenue
7/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., JM McDonald Sports Complex, 4292 Fairgrounds Drive
7/20/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Mary’s Church, 44 North Main Street
7/25/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cortland YMCA, 22 Tompkins Street
7/29/2019: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Cortland Community Blood Drive Elks Lodge #748, 9 Groton Avenue
7/29/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pat Hill Community Room, 45 South Main Street
7/18/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St Marys Church, 15 Clark Street
7/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road
7/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Family Video, 48 East Genesee Street
7/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 112 South Street
7/11/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., King Ferry Presbyterian Church, 8813 Route 90
7/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Weedsport Presbyterian Church, Seneca Street
More dates, times, locations and information can be found at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.