Tuesday, July 1, 2014
July 1, 2014 - The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
Mount Pleasant Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Boulevard
Blood donation hours Sunday: closed Monday: closed Tuesday: closed Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Platelet donation hours Sunday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday: closed Thursday: closed Friday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m.-1 p.m
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.