Red Cross urges donors to fill Missing Types to prevent summer blood shortage
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (June 24, 2019) — The meric_n Red Cr_ss needs _l _d d_n_rs to bring back the missing A’s, B’s and O’s. A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal in a sentence, but for patients who need A, B, O and AB blood types, these missing letters mean life. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.
Six years ago, doctors told Jacqueline Rogers’ family that there wasn’t enough type O negative blood available to perform her open-heart surgery. This news that her surgery was postponed was scary for Jacqueline, just 8 at the time, who was born with a congenital heart disorder. “No blood means no surgery. I thought I was going to die.” Fortunately, blood donors stepped up, and Jacqueline’s surgery was successfully completed a week later.
To draw attention that blood types sometimes do go missing from hospital shelves, A’s, B’s and O’s began disappearing on June 11 from iconic brand logos, social media pages, signs and websites as part of the Missing Types campaign. The campaign is raising awareness of the need for more blood donors.
While thousands of blood donors have answered the call to fill the Missing Types, more donors are needed now to help ensure patients don’t have to wait for blood products. During the summer, especially around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs. The Red Cross is thanking all those who come to donate July 1-6 with an exclusive Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 24-July 15
6/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Jaycees Building, 301 Jaycee Drive
7/8/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 601 South Clinton Street
6/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Cecilia Parish Center, 304 South Washington
6/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mater Dei High School, 900 North Mater Dei Drive
7/10/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 480 North Walnut
7/15/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Market Center, 450 West Hanover
6/25/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Rose Development Club, 8004 S. First Street
6/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fayette County Hospital, 650 West Taylor
6/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Benton Public Library, 502 South Main Street
7/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Frankfort Community High School, 601 East Main Street
7/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bluford Ruritan Club, 814 6th Street
7/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dix Community Center, 217 North Main
6/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Green Tree Assisted Living, 208 Zachary
7/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway
7/6/2019: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Family Video, 2629 Broadway
7/9/2019: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Meadowbrook Christian Church, 840 Meadowbrook Lane
7/12/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Spero Family Services, 2023 Richview Road
7/12/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Medline Industries, 210 North 10th Street
7/1/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Opdyke Baptist Church, 9208 North Opdyke Lane
6/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, 9545 Shattuc Road
6/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fouts Christian Church, 1629 East Dix-Irvington Road
7/1/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road
7/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., VFW Centralia, 1827 S Pine
7/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 110 Perkins Street
7/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 812 West Main
7/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington County Hospital-Nashville, 705 South Grand
6/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Anthony Catholic Church, 6101 St. Anthony Church Road
7/10/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Peter United Church of Christ, 106 West Church
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.