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  The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days. “It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.” How to Help To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Summer Months Lead to Shortage

Blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gathering, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives are scheduled during the Independence Day week than the weeks before and after the holiday. Overall, the summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. In a recent survey of Red Cross blood donors, more than 73 percent indicated vacation plans this summer, many of them occurring the weeks before and after Independence Day. New donors and those who haven’t given in a while are especially encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Nearly one-third fewer new blood donors came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year due in part to schools – where blood drives are held and where new donors give – being out of session during the summer months. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 5-25

NC Beaufort Aurora 7/21/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Aurora Volunteer Fire Department & Aurora Rescue Squad, 99 Hwy 33 E. Washington 7/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Beaufort County Department of Social Services, 632 West 5th Street _______________ Morehead City 7/25/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Carteret, 1604 Arendell St. _______________ Craven New Bern 7/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pine Tree Drive 7/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., No. 7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road _______________ Duplin Albertson 7/23/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Albertson Fire Department, 732 Sheep Pasture Rd     Lenoir Kinston 7/25/2017: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Northwest/902 Church, 2009 Carey Rd.   _______________ Martin   Williamston 7/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Martin County Auditorium/Riverside High School, 1260 Godwin Avenue _______________ Onslow Cape Carteret 7/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Lowes Home Improvement, 401 WB Mclean Drive Jacksonville   7/21/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Navy Federal Credit Union, 422 Yopp Road 7/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lafayette Masonic Lodge, 305 Chaney Avenue _______________ Pitt Greenville   7/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Eastern North Carolina Blood Donor Center, 700 Cromwell Drive _______________  

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.                                                                                                                                       Event details must  be sent at least one week prior to the actual event date.
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