Blood donors needed now to prevent a shortage

Lifestyle
July 28, 2022

Just as most cars need to be refueled constantly, so does the nation’s blood supply. The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage.

The decline in donations has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink nearly 20% in recent weeks. The availability of blood products will continue to decline if donations do not increase. People should not wait until they hear there is a blood shortage to give. Type O negative blood donors and platelet donors are especially needed now.

“This is a concerning trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves,” said Paul Sullivan, Red Cross senior vice president of donor services. “By choosing a time to give now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment.”

Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Fuel up on us
As blood and platelet donations drop, gas prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. As a thank-you, all who come to give Aug. 1-31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.*

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15:

IL

Franklin

Benton
8/3/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Franklin Hospital, 201 Bailey Lane

Sesser
8/11/2022: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Goode Township, 108 North Walnut

Whittington
8/1/2022: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Whittington Church, 200 main street
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Jackson

Carbondale
8/15/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 214 West Main Street

Murphysboro
8/8/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elm Street Baptist Church, 1907 Elm Street
8/9/2022: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Egyptian Electric, 1732 Finney Rd
8/11/2022: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jackson County Health Department, 415 Health Department Road
8/15/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elks Lodge 572, 1809 Shomaker Drive
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Jefferson

Belle Rive
8/15/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church, 401 South Main Street

Mount Vernon
8/4/2022: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crossroads Community Hospital, 8 Doctors Park Road
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Perry

Cutler
8/1/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tri-County First Pentecostal Church, 301 Railroad Street
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Union

Anna
8/11/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 409 Morgan Street
8/12/2022: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Union County Hospital, 517 Main Street
8/12/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Main Street Center, 400 South Main

Cobden
8/10/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 South Walker Street
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Williamson

Marion
8/2/2022: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pepsi MidAmerica, 2605 West Main Street
8/2/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Marion Masonic Lodge, 703 West Robinson Drive
8/7/2022: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 930 West Cherry
8/9/2022: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Legence Bank Marion, 1133 North Carbon Street

MO

Bollinger

Marble Hill
8/8/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Marble Hill United Methodist Church, 300 East Highway 34, PO Box 950
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Butler

Poplar Bluff
8/1/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, 1813 Barron Road
8/9/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints- Poplar Bluff, 2414 Katy Lane
8/10/2022: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., John J Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 North Westwood, Highway 67 North
8/10/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Poplar Bluff Elks Lodge, 6653 Highway 67 North
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Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau
8/1/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/2/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Osage Community Centre, 1625 North Kingshighway
8/2/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/5/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/5/2022: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Southeast Missouri State University – Clerical & Technical Staff University Center, One University Plaza
8/5/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Cape Bible Chapel, 2911 Kage Road
8/6/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/7/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/8/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/9/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/12/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/12/2022: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., VFW, 1049 North Kingshighway
8/13/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/14/2022: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/15/2022: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn Road
8/15/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., La Croix United Methodist Church, 3102 Lexington

Jackson
8/2/2022: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Connection Point, 358 East Deerwood Drive
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Dunklin

Senath
8/5/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Senath Community Center, 100 South Market
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Madison

Fredericktown
8/4/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 137 South Main
8/5/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., EBO MD, LLC – Fredericktown, 605 Lincoln Drive
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Mississippi

East Prairie
8/4/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., First Church of God, 322 North Washington Street
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Reynolds

Centerville
8/10/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Reynolds County Health Center, 2323 Green Street
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Saline

Marshall
8/9/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Marshall Church of the Nazarene Family Life Center, 782 W. North Street
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Scott

Benton
8/10/2022: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Denis School, 105 North Winchester

Chaffee
8/10/2022: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Ambrose Catholic Church, 418 South 3rd Street

Sikeston
8/5/2022: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1101 North Main
8/15/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Shady Acres Church of Christ, 1440 Ables Road
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Stoddard

Dexter
8/8/2022: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 102 East Castor
8/12/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Dexter Church of Christ, 1014 North One Mile Road

Puxico
8/3/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 125 South Turnbaugh Street

Blood drive safety
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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