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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors

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Press Release from the Red Cross:  The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO for the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules. High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year. Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.  In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long.  Each day, the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region needs to collect approximately 800 blood donations. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets - a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it's important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Ashland County

July 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Fire Hall, 270 Big Bay Road in La Pointe, Wis.

Barron County
July 9 from 12-6 p.m. at American Legion, 1220 Veterans Drive in Cumberland, Wis.
July 10 from 1-6 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 320 Pine St. South in Turtle Lake, Wis.

Bayfield County
July 22 from 1-6 p.m. at Community Center, 8275 Mill St. in Iron River, Wis.

Chippewa County
July 11 from 1-6 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Bible Church, 531 E. South Ave. in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoples State Bank of Bloomer, 1401 Main St. in Bloomer, Wis.

Dunn County
July 18 from 2-7 p.m. at School District of the Menomonie Area, 215 Pine Ave. NE in Menomonie, Wis.

Eau Claire County
July 9 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 10 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 12 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Davies Center, 105 Garfield Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 15 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 16 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 17 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 18 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran, 1804 Highland Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 22 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.
July 23 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Chippewa Valley, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire, Wis.

Pierce County
July 15 from 12-6 p.m. at American Legion, 132 Pine St. in Plum City, Wis.

Polk County
July 10 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Osceola High School, 1111 Oakridge Drive in Osceola, Wis.
July 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2212 Glacier Drive in St. Croix Falls, Wis.

St. Croix County
July 11 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU in Hudson, Wis.
July 16 from 12-6 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence in Baldwin, Wis.
July 22 from 1-7 p.m. at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 S. Knowles Ave. in New Richmond, Wis.
July 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 S. Knowles Ave. in New Richmond, Wis.

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