Blood and Platelet Donors Needed As Soon As Possible

October 14, 2011

Blood and platelet donors needed as soon as possible

Here and now, the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs 900 units of blood each and every day.  However, not nearly enough people are giving blood.  Local supplies are insufficient to meet the needs of our community’s hospitals in a timely manner.  There is also an immediate need for platelets, a blood component used to treat cancer patients, for example.

Although the local Red Cross is intensifying phone calls, e-mails and direct mail to blood and platelet donors, the response is still not sufficient to meet current needs. 

Anyone who is eligible to donate blood or platelets is asked to do so as soon as possible.  For those who have never donated - or have not donated in a while - now is the time to try.

To get as many donations as possible with the greatest efficiency, Red Cross officials are asking eligible blood and platelet donors to make appointments or to keep the appointments they have already made.

To help, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

About the American Red Cross
The Northern Ohio Region serves 19 counties, and needs to collect about 900 units of blood a day to meet patient need in 57 hospitals. In addition to supplying nearly half of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross teaches lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.