Red Cross: Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now

All donors who come to give by June 10 receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks

Red Cross: Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

The Red Cross collected approximately 11,500 fewer type O blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as school years end. Because these drives account for about 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, less drives can also greatly affect the blood supply.

Donations needed now

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or Power Red donation, where available. During a Power Red donation, donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood with the Red Cross through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Additionally, those who come to give May 24-28 will receive an exclusive Red Cross-branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Pima:

Broadway Blood Donation Center at 7139 E. Broadway Blvd. or Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org for hours

Green Valley

  • 5/17/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Church -Low, 505 N. La Canada Drive
  • 5/19/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Quail Creek Clubhouse, 2055 E. Quail Crossing Blvd
  • 5/20/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Friends in Deed - Low, 301 West Camino Casa Verde
  • 5/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Walgreens, 375 W. Continental Road
  • 5/31/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., La Posada, 338 E. Morningside Rd
  • 6/3/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Elks Lodge BPOE 2592, 2951 S Camino Mercado
  • 6/6/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Green Valley American Legion Post 66, 1560 W Duval Mine Road

Marana

  • 6/4/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, 15000 N Secret Springs Dr

Oro Valley

  • 5/19/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7575 N Paseo Del Norte
  • 5/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N 1st Ave.

Sahuarita

  • 5/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W Pima Mine Road

Tucson

  • 5/15/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., The International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd.
  • 5/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
  • 5/15/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Clubhouse Library, 3155 E Grant Road
  • 5/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Retreat at Tucson, 1000 E. 22nd Street
  • 5/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross Tucson Headquarters, 3470 E. Universal Way
  • 5/16/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/16/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tucson Intl Airport, 7250 S. Tucson Blvd
  • 5/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/17/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/17/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tucson Federal Credit Union, 1160 N. Winstel Blvd.
  • 5/17/2019: 2:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/17/2019: 2:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/18/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 9252 E 22nd St
  • 5/18/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/18/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Merrie Connon State Farm, 10222 E, Rita Road
  • 5/18/2019: 2:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/19/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Parish, 300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd
  • 5/19/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5150 N. Valley View
  • 5/19/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/19/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road
  • 5/20/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, 2916 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/20/2019: 11:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/20/2019: 11:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/20/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Le Mirage Apartments, 9777 N. Thornydale Rd
  • 5/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., iQor, 7820 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pacific Premier Bank, 4400 E Broadway Blvd., Ste 112
  • 5/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Carondelet Saint Josephs Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Rd.
  • 5/21/2019: 11:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/21/2019: 11:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/21/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., LDS Tucson East Stake, 6901 E. Kenyon Dr.
  • 5/22/2019: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Foothills Mall Blood Donation Center, 7325 N La Cholla Blvd. Ste 207
  • 5/22/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
  • 5/22/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 549, 8424 E. Old Spanish Trail
  • 5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Conduent Midas Health Analytics Solutions, 4801 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite 200
  • 5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, 7350 S. Nogales Highway
  • 5/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., US Federal Court House, 405 W. Congress
  • 5/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Jim Click Automotive, 780 W. Competition Rd.
  • 5/23/2019: 10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Broadway Blood Donation Center Tucson, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Conduent Midas Health Analytics Solutions, 4801 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite 200
  • 5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, 7350 S. Nogales Highway
  • 5/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Democrats of Greater Tucson, Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave
  • 5/25/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tucson Chapel - Church of Christ, 4635 S Park Ave
  • 5/25/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mountain View Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd.
  • 5/26/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., BJ's Brewhouse, 5510 E. Broadway
  • 5/27/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, 4270 North Oracle Road
  • 5/28/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Road
  • 5/28/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., La Galeria, 2800 E. Ajo Way
  • 5/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, 2916 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • 5/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., UA Main, 1303 E University Blvd
  • 5/29/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Valley Animal Hospital, 4984 E. 22nd St.
  • 5/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Services, 3470 E Universal Way
  • 5/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Arizona Daily Star, 4850 S Park Ave
  • 6/2/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Santa Catalina Catholic Church, 14380 North Oracle Road
  • 6/2/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. 5th Street
  • 6/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd.
  • 6/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., IBM Building, 9000 S Rita Road
  • 6/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Red Cross Tucson Headquarters, 3470 E. Universal Way
  • 6/5/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave
  • 6/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd
  • 6/6/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tucson Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave
  • 6/7/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Literacy Connects, 200 E. Yavapai Rd.
  • 6/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd
  • 6/7/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, 5255 E Williams Circle, Suite 5000
  • 6/8/2019: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 East 1st St.
  • 6/8/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Redheads Return, Eckstrom Columbus Library, 4350 E 22nd St.
  • 6/8/2019: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tucson Estates Complex Building, 5900 W. Western Way Circle

Vail

  • 6/2/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Saint Rita in the Desert Church, 13260 E. Colossal Cave Place

Santa Cruz:

Sells

  • 6/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tohono O’odham Utility, Highway 86, Milepost 112

How to help:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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