Local Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal for Blood Donors

June 24, 2011


Local Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal for Blood Donors
Critically Low Blood Supplies

Despite the ongoing efforts to call and e-mail blood donors, the local Red Cross is unable to meet many blood orders for local hospitals in the timeliest manner. Due to the low supplies some orders, particularly type O negative, have been put on back order.

There is a need for all blood types; particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, which are currently at critically low levels in our community.  O-Negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. 

The American Red Cross is asking eligible donors to make or keep appointments to give blood as soon as possible.  In addition to mobile blood drives, the Northern Ohio Region has five donor centers with various hours to accommodate donor’s schedules.  Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment today.

How to Donate Blood
To schedule a blood donation appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 Blood Services 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 providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. 06/11AP0463