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,” Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications for the Red Cross Northeast Blood Services Division, said yesterday. “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.
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.
To donate blood 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.
In July, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48oz. container of Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream. Come out to donate blood and you will also have the chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.
Following is a list of blood drives in the area for the rest of July
Thursday, July 11
Tewksbury: Knights of Columbus, 2-7 p.m. 2068 Main St.
Wilmington: Masonic Lodge 2-7 p.m. 32 Church St.
Friday, July 12
Burlington: Lahey Clinic 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 41 Mall Road
Salisbury: Hilton Senior Center 1-6 p.m. 43 Lafayette Road
Saturday, July 13
Methuen: Holy Family Hospital 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 70 East St.
Monday, July 15
Newburyport: Kindercare Learning Center 2-7 p.m. 151 Low St.
Tuesday, July 16
Lawrence: Mary Immaculate Healthcare Services 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 172 Lawrence St.
Wednesday, July 17
Haverhill: Wingate 1-6 p.m. 190 North Ave.
Methuen: Nevins Memorial Library 2-7 p.m. 305 Broadway
Saturday, July 20
North Andover: Saint Michael Church 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 196 Main St.
Tuesday, July 23
North Andover: Osgood Landing & Ozzy Properties 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 1600 Osgood St.
Thursday, July 25
North Andover: Knights of Columbus 1:30-7 p.m. 505 Sutton St.
Methuen: Knights of Columbus 2-7 p.m. 462 Broadway
Friday, July 26
Haverhill: The Best Western Plus of Haverhill 1-6 p.m. 401 Lowell Ave.
Sunday, July 28,
Salisbury: Latitude Sports Club 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 191 Elm St.
Tuesday, July 30
Methuen: Comfort Home Care 1-6 p.m 147 Pelham St.
Wednesday, July 31
Reading: Good Samaritan Lodge, AF & AM 2-7 p.m. 110 Haven St.