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Citing blood shortage, Red Cross seeks local donors

Posted 1/21/20

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.

With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, …

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Citing blood shortage, Red Cross seeks local donors

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The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.

With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,600 platelet donations for patients who rely on blood to survive. Shortfalls in donations can cause delays in essential medical care.

Donors of all blood types — especially types O positive and O negative — are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross blood donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

WILSON

• Jan. 29 — 2-6 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1815 Airport Blvd. W.

• Feb. 3 — 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barton College Hardy Alumni Hall, 704-A Atlantic Christian College Drive.

• Feb. 4 — 9-11:45 a.m., Novartis, 4700 Sandoz Drive.

• Feb. 4 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 U.S. 264 NW.

• Feb. 13 — 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., James B. Hunt High School, 4559 Lamm Road.

• Feb. 15 — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 Nash St.

SARATOGA

• Feb. 10 — 2-7 p.m., Saratoga Original Free Will Baptist Church, 6801 N.C. 222 (Stantonsburg address).

MIDDLESEX

• Feb. 7 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Middlesex Elementary School, 13081 W. Hanes Ave.

NASHVILLE

• Jan. 25 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1104 Taylor Store Road.

SPRING HOPE

• Feb. 12 — 3-7 p.m., Spring Hope Community Building, 104 Community St.

ROCKY MOUNT

• Jan. 11 — 1-6 p.m., Benvenue Country Club, 100 Southern Blvd.

• Jan. 23 — 3-7 p.m., West Mount Volunteer Fire Department, 7955 West Mount Drive.

• Jan. 27 — 3-7 p.m., Bethlehem Baptist Church, 305 S. Halifax Road.

• Jan. 28 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., N.C. Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

• Jan. 31 — 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nash Community College Building A, 522 N. Old Carriage Road.

• Feb. 10 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rocky Mount Academy, 1313 Avondale Ave.

• Feb. 11 — 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Environmental Services Building, 1221 Thorpe Road.

• Feb. 13 — Noon to 6 p.m., Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Englewood Drive.

• Feb. 14 — 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Englewood Drive.

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