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Red Cross in urgent need of donors

Posted July 9, 2013

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— The American Red Cross issued an emergency call Tuesday for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.

Nationwide, donations were down about 10 percent in June, which resulted in 50,000 fewer donations than expected.

“We are counting on generous blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.

She said June is a challenging month for blood and platelet donations because regular donors delay giving blood while they adjust to their summer routines. Donations from high schools and colleges drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.

For more information on how to donate blood call 1-800-733-2767 or visit the Red Cross online.

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  • donnaferguson21 Jul 10, 2013

    As a GI bleeder and recepient of more blood than I can count, If can tell everyone that your donation DOES make a difference. My family and I are so grateful for the contribution of others, blood literally saved my life. There might be some discomfort with the stick but the process is easy and you get COOKIES afterwards.

  • hpr641 Jul 10, 2013

    Don't worry about what blood type you are ... if you are willing and able, give. In addition to the Red Cross, Rex Hospital's Rex Blood Plan (right across the road from the hospital) is a really good option.

    O- is the "universal" blood type because it can be given to anyone. It is extra valuable, because in an emergency trauma, it can be given to someone that's lost a lot of blood without having to take the critical time to first perform a blood-type test. But, that represents only a very small percentage of all blood used ... the vast majority is for less time-critical emergencies or for scheduled operations (e.g., open heart surgeries can often use a lot of donated blood).

  • mcraineycrazies Jul 9, 2013

    what type do they need, i am b positive?? i will do it

  • OzzzMan Jul 9, 2013

    I am AB+ and am checking to donate plasma.

  • Tax Man Jul 9, 2013

    Please donate your blood - save some lives! Something good you can do!