Red Cross In Search Of Blood, Platelet Donors During Blood Emergency

Red Cross In Search Of Blood, Platelet Donors During Blood Emergency
Courtesy of American Red Cross

NORFOLK – The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply.

According to a release form the American Red Cross, the call for donations comes after a difficult July 4th week for donations when hundreds of fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week. This compounded with a shortfall of more than 24,000 blood donations in June.

About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.

Courtesy of American Red Cross

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this summer by visiting


Upcoming area community blood drives:

Tuesday, July 9: Allen Community Blood Drive from 2 – 5:15 p.m. at the Allen Fire Hall (2nd & Harrison)

Wednesday, July 10: Wynot Community Blood Drive from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at Cedar Security Insurance (414 St. James Ave.)

Monday, July 15: Hartington Community Blood Drive from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall (206 East Main Street)

Tuesday, July 16: Pender Community Blood Drive from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pender Community Center (614 Main St. Suite 3)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-31

For more information, visit or call 402-321-3576. Also, like Red Cross Blood on Facebook and follow on Red Cross Blood MW on Twitter.