In a press release issued Monday, the Red Cross reported a critical need for all blood types, especially type O.
According to the release, last week’s Independence Day celebrations caused a lag in donations in which more than 550 fewer blood drives were conducted by community groups than during a typical week, resulting in approximately 15,000 fewer donations than needed.
“Donations are now being distributed to hospitals faster than they come in,” prompting the Red Cross to issue an urgent nationwide call for eligible donors and to add about 6,500 appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country, the release states
To reduce the time needed to donate, the Red Cross is urging eligible donors to make appointments and to complete its pre-donation RapidPass online health history questionnaire prior to their scheduled time slot.
Donations may be made at the Johnson City Red Cross Blood Donation Center at 818 Sunset Drive, Suite 100, on Tuesdays from 2:30-7 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. through the end of July.
Donations may be made at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, between 1-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24.
In Elizabethton, donations may be made at Lowe's Home Improvement store, 925 Patriot Drive, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.
In Erwin, donations may be made at First Christian Church, 312 S. Main Ave., from noon-5 p.m on Friday, July 13.
In Greeneville, donations may be made at Eastview Recreation Center, 456 E. Bernard Ave., from 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.
To schedule an appointment or for more information call 1-800-733-2767, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, or visit RedCrossBlood.org.
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