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Blood Donor Need At Urgent Stage

Presented By McDonald’s, “I’m Lovin’ It!” & Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

The blood supply in the United States has reached one of its lowest levels in recent years. Blood centers across the country are reporting less than a one-day’s supply of blood — a dangerously low level. If the nation’s blood supply does not stabilize soon, lifesaving blood may not be available for some patients when it is needed.

The current status of the U.S. blood supply is particularly concerning amid the holiday season and winter months — a time in which blood donations typically decrease due to travel, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.

Blood components have a short shelf-life and the blood supply needs to be constantly replenished. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. In the U.S., more than 16 million units of blood and blood products are transfused annually with more than 45,000 units needed daily.

Blood donations are needed now to avert the need to potentially postpone lifesaving treatments. Some hospitals have already been forced to alter treatment for some patients or cancel some patient surgeries due to blood supply challenges.

This year, as the country continues to confront the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood centers nationwide are facing additional challenges and unprecedented disruption in the form of a decline in donor turnout due to remote work, blood drive cancellations, schools and businesses limiting the number of individuals allowed onsite as a precautionary pandemic practice, and misinformation regarding donor eligibility after receiving an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are joining together to urge eligible, healthy individuals to contact their local blood center and make an appointment today to donate blood today. We also ask local businesses to encourage their employees, including those working remotely, to find their local center and schedule an appointment to donate and give the gift of life this holiday season. Doing so is essential to maintaining the stability of the nation’s blood supply, which ensures life-saving medical treatments are available for patients.  

The blood community relies on the generosity of blood donors to help save lives throughout the year. Please contact one of the following organizations to find a local blood collection site and to schedule an appointment to donate:

Blood donation remains a safe way that eligible individuals can help save lives throughout the holidays. Individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the U.S., including those manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer, are able to donate blood and platelets as long as they are symptom-free and feeling well at the time of donation. Blood collection organizations continue to adapt their safety protocols to align with local, state and federal guidance to ensure the safest possible experience for all donors, staff and blood drive hosts.

November Blood Drives Planned

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Chillicothe) — You can give a hospital patient something to be extra thankful for in November. The Red Cross encourages donors to give something that means something this month by making a blood or platelet donation. Making a blood or platelet donation is a simple act of kindness with a huge ripple effect. Donate now to help meet the needs of hospital patients this holiday season. In most cases, there’s no blood donation deferral if you received a COVID-19 vaccine and you’re symptom-free and feeling well when you come to give.

[FOR DRIVES NOV. 24-28] Share the warmth! All who come to give Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last. 

Below are the Ross County blood drives that are open to the public in November.

  • Heritage Nazarene Church – Multi-Purpose Room

Monday November 1st                    

2:00pm-7:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: HNC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Wednesday November 3rd                 

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Friday November 12th                 

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Friday November 19th                 

9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

  • Lions Club Chillicothe – Drive held at South Central Ohio Chapter

Monday November 22nd              

1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: LionsChillicothe

  • South Central Ohio Chapter – Friedman Donor Room

Friday November 26th                  

11:00am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: SCOC

Fayette County Red Cross Blood Drives for August

Presented by Classic Brands

The American Red Cross has several blood drives scheduled for August.

Blood donors are urged to make an appointment to ensure a strong blood supply – especially as vacations wrap up and students prepare to head back to class. In most cases, there’s no blood donation deferral if you received a COVID-19 vaccine and you’re symptom-free and feeling well when you come to give. 

Monday August 9th: Fayette County Community Crossroads Christian Church, 1pm-7pm. Sponsor Code: FayetteCounty

Thursday August 12th: Adena Fayette Medical Center, Building 2, 1pm-6pm. Sponsor Code: AFMC

Tuesday August 17th: Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 10am-4pm. Sponsor Code: GraceUMC

Sunday August 29th: Destination Outlets, Suite 8580, 12pm-5pm. Sponsor Code: Outlet

Call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment.

Blood Shortage Brings Out Plea For Donors From Red Cross

Presented By Atomic Speedway

The American Red Cross is reporting a “severe blood shortage” and needs donors. Through July 31st, if you schedule yourself to donate, you will receive a gift card and become eligible to win free gasoline for one year. 

While donors go on summer vacations, many appointment slots are still empty. If you’re already on a trip, check out the chances to give blood near your vacation spot. It’ll only require about an hour of your time, but it could change someone’s life forever. 

To thank you for your blood donation through July 31st, the American Red Cross will present you with a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card*by email.

Your donation can help pump up the blood supply this month. And, when you come to give by July 31st, you will also be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). There will be three winners, so hurry in to help end the severe shortage and get your shot at this prize.

Upcoming opportunities to give blood near you:
Adena Greenfield Medical Center 910 N 5th Street, Greenfield, OH
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sponsor Code: AdenaGreenfieldMC

In Honor of Becky McDonald 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Friday, July 23, 2021
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sponsor Code: BeckyM

Frankfort Community 23 W Springfield St., Frankfort, OH
Saturday, July 24, 2021
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sponsor Code: FrankfortCommunity