Red Cross Asks Public To Help Restock Blood Supply

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – The American Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donors of all blood types. Fewer donations were received than expected in June and the first week of July.

“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Mark Beddingfield, Chief Executive Officer for the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”

There are three upcoming blood drives in the Huntsville area:

-On Wednesday, July 10 there will be a blood drive at Walmart at 8580 Highway 72 W in Huntsville from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

-Bethlehem Baptist Church will host a drive on Sunday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-First Baptist Church of Meridianville will host a blood drive on Sunday, July 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

High school and college blood drives make up 20 percent of Red Cross donations throughout the academic year. When school is out for the summer, those donations decrease by 80 percent. Each day, the American Red Cross and Central Gulf Coast Blood Region needs about 500 donors to give blood.

There is a need for platelet donations. Platelets are a key clotting component often needed by cancer patients. Donors with O-negative, B-negative or A-negative are encouraged to donate.

If you are interested in donating, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the Red Cross website to make an appointment for donation.  Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and generally be in good health.  Please bring a photo ID.

Posted by Annie Faulk