American Red Cross needs blood
The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors—now more than ever—to roll up a sleeve and give blood as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.
“Blood must be available at a moment’s notice when seconds count to help save or sustain a life. We have reached an emergency situation and the blood will not be there without the immediate response of volunteer blood donors,” said Donna M. Morrissey, Ddirector, communications, American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Division. “The Red Cross relies upon generous blood donors so we can supply blood when and where it is needed. Right now, patients in hospitals across the country need you to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of lifesaving blood.”
To avert any potential shortage, the New York-Penn Region is seeking to collect 15,000 units over the next two weeks. Each and every blood donation is crucial. To reach its goal, the Red Cross is adding emergency blood drives and extending blood drive hours and scheduled drives. In addition, the Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, blood drive sponsors and community leaders to ask them to recruit blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in communities across the United States.
An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year’s decrease in donations.
Many regular donors got an early start on summer activities and aren’t taking time to donate blood or platelets. Moreover, this year’s mid-week Independence Day holiday reduces the number of blood drives scheduled in early July as many sponsors, especially businesses, are unable to host drives with many people taking extended vacations.
Unfortunately, patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood products. The need is constant. Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood and platelets are used for many different kinds of treatments. They include accident and burns, heart surgery, organ transplants, complications during childbirth and for patients receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease.
As a special thank you for helping to turn the tide against a potential shortage, all presenting donors in July will receive a coupon for a free* carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream, redeemable at any participating Friendly’s restaurant. In addition all presenting donors during the remainder of June will receive a free patriotic t-shirt.