Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. 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.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities In Williams County:
Thursday, August 14 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Bryan, 1216 Buffalo Road in Bryan.
Friday, August 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Parkview Physician Group – MCHA, 442 W High Street Unit 3 in Bryan.
Friday, August 22 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Blood Drive in Memory of Jerry Herminger, Sr. at Pioneer Area Chamber of Commerce, 100 North Elm Street in Pioneer.
Friday, August 29 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Edgerton Fire Department, 108 East Indiana Street in Edgerton.