Urgent need for blood and platelet donors
This morning at the Greater St. Louis regional headquarters, people rolled up their sleeves to donate blood! We hosted a blood drive for the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. With the amount of blood collected just this morning – we will help save more than 50 lives! What an amazing thing!
Pictured above: Red Cross employees Hannah Bruce and Chris Shanahan, Red Cross intern (and first-time donor!) Kyara Green, and volunteer blood drive coordinator/Red Cross volunteer specialist Marie Rantz.
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations were down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.
Share your good health! Platelet donors and blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.
Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and give blood for patients in need and help prevent an emergency shortage. For more information or to find a nearby donation opportunity, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.