WICHITA, Kan. (July 1, 2013) — Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.
Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.
Vacations, activities and holidays contribute to a decrease in donations during the summer, but patients don’t get a break from needing blood. Visit the Summer of Stories campaign website, redcrossblood.org/summer, to make an appointment to donate, then share why you give blood and watch videos about people whose lives have been touched by donors.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Barber County – July 29 from 12-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 108 E. Second in Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Barton County – July 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker St. in Great Bend, Kan.
July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway in Great Bend, Kan.
Beaver County – July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Beaver County Fairgrounds, 26 W. Second in Beaver, Okla.
Comanche County – July 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Legion Hall, 335 N. Broadway in Protection, Kan.
Ford County – July 16 from 1-4:15 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main in Bucklin, Kan.
July 24 from 12-6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 800 W. Frontview St. in Dodge City, Kan.
July 25 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 800 W. Frontview St. in Dodge City, Kan.
Hamilton County – July 30 from 1-6 p.m. at Hamilton County Fair Building, 806 S. Main in Syracuse, Kan.
Harper County – July 19 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, 1020 E. 14th in Harper, Kan.
Hodgeman County – July 26 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Church, 303 W. Best St. in Jetmore, Kan.
Kiowa County – July 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, 12125 25th Ave. in Greensburg, Kan.
Ness County – July 23 from 12-6 p.m. at Ness County Fair Building, 302 W. Nevada in Ness City, Kan.
Pratt County – July 24 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Pratt Community Building, 619 N. Main in Pratt, Kan.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.