Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

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June 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the American Red Cross’ Midwest Blood Services Region based in Omaha, are putting out an emergency call for blood donors. Tricia Quinn, CEO of the organization’s Midwest Blood Services Region says the blood supply has reached emergency levels, with fewer than 50,000 donations than expected so far this month. The shortfall, she says, leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on-hand now, than this same time last year.

All eligible blood donors, especially those with “O Positive” “O” Negative, “B and A Negative” types of blood, are encouraged to roll-up their sleeves and give the gift of life. Even though those are the most needed types, all blood types will be accepted, especially in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

Call 1-800-Red Cross or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. Upcoming area blood donation opportunities include:

In Pottawattamie County, at the Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center (705 N. 16th St., in Council Bluffs), from 12:30-6:15-pm. today (June 25th); tomorrow (June 26th), from 11am-5pm; and June 30th 6:30-a.m. to Noon.  Other dates are available as well, in July.

In Cass County on June 28th at the Wesley Heritage House, from 11am-4pm.

In Shelby County, on June 27th from Noon-6pm at St. Mary’s School in Panama, and on Julu 10th, from 11:30-a.m.-5:30pm, at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

Donation opportunities are also available late this month through mid-July in Carroll, Harrison, and Page Counties. Those who donate blood between now and September 5th, will automatically be entered into the Life Life, Give Life promotion, for a chance to win prize packages from GiftCertificates.com. Those donating between June 29th and July 8th will be entered to win additional prize certificates, to thank them for giving blood around the Independence Day holiday.