Help the Red Cross fill the missing types
Monday, June 11, 2018- 6:05 a.m.
A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal. For a hospital patient who needs type A, B or O blood, these letters mean life. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging new donors and those who haven’t given in a while to fill the missing types this summer by donating to help ensure blood remains available for patients.
The Red Cross launched its Missing Types campaign earlier this summer with a goal of bringing awareness to the great need for new blood donors in order to reverse a declining donor population. For the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.
“When not enough people donate blood, hospital shelves may be empty when a critical patient arrives,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment of the Southern Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Imagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves. More blood donors are needed now to fill those gaps.”
Many people underestimate how frequently blood is needed, but the fact is that every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. When blood products aren’t available in emergency situations or those undergoing lifesaving treatments, patients like Jacqueline Rogers do notice.
Jacqueline was born with a congenital heart disorder. At the age of 8, Jacqueline needed heart surgery, but there was a shortage of type O negative blood. Her surgery had to be postponed. Thankfully, blood donors came through for Jacqueline and she had multiple successful surgeries. Today, she is a healthy and thriving 13-year-old.
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
6/11/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crane Eater Community Church, 3168 Red Bud Road
6/18/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Workout Anytime Calhoun, 516 West Belmont Drive
6/25/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Calhoun, 205 East Line Street
6/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fairmount Community Center, 11921 Fairmount Highway East
6/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rome Braves, 755 Braves Boulevard
6/27/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Northside Church, 75 North Floyd Park Rd. NE
7/9/2018: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Am Red Cross NW GA Chapter, 112 John Maddox Dr. NW
6/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Cartersville Civic Ctr., 435 West Main Street
7/6/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Carmike Cinemas, 1129 North Tennessee Street
7/9/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Planet Fitness Cartersville, 867 Joe Frank Harris Parkway
7/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Georgia Highlands College, 5441 Highway 20
7/11/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Cartersville Civic Ctr., 435 West Main Street
7/11/2018: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 183 West Main Street
7/10/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Nathan Dean Center, 604 Goodyear St.
7/13/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Trion Recreation Department, 90 Dalton Street
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.