Urgent need for donors during local bloodmobiles
The American Red Cross, along with local Pickett County resident Ruth Huddleston, urges blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.
Huddleston is suffering from anemia and has received eleven units of blood in the past two months. She wants to let her friends and former patients from when she was a nurse practitioner with the health department many years ago know how important it is to donate blood. She said, “I want to know that I will be able to receive transfusions because the blood is available.”
With blood and platelet donation appointments currently lower than what is needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply, donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.
The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients across the country. This can be challenging during the summer months of June, July and August, when an average of two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This seasonal challenge can be overcome if just two more donors – above what is expected – make an appointment and give blood at each Red Cross blood drive the rest of the summer.
“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Regina Conway, Communications Manager, Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”
To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood and platelet donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a nearby blood donation opportunity or schedule an appointment.
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First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
320 Oakley, Livingston
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Agriculture Learning Center, 141 Skyline Drive, Byrdstown
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Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ
521 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville
7/16/14, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tennessee Technological University, 1000 North Dixie Avenue, Cookeville
7/24/14, 1:00-5:00 PM
First United Methodist Church, 204 East Spring Street, Cookeville