Critical Red Cross blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The American Red Cross says they are facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross said in a press release that blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the blood supply.

“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Bernadette Jay, external communications manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachian Blood Services Regions. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”

The Red Cross says blood shortages often worsen around Independence Day due to many fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gatherings.

Those who want to help can schedule can appointment to donate by using their free app Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Below are the upcoming blood donation opportunities across Central Va. July 5-25:

Amelia

Amelia Court House
7/20/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rocky Hill United Methodist Church, 2630 Military Rd
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Buckingham

Dillwyn
7/19/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 16980 Oak Street
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Caroline

Bowling Green
7/11/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bowling Green Baptist Church, N. 225 Main Street
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Essex

Tappahannock
7/18/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Tappahannock- Essex Volunteer Fire Department, 620 Airport Road
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Greensville

Emporia
7/19/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 201 South Main Street
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Henrico

Henrico
7/16/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road
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Lancaster

Kilmarnock
7/6/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rappahannock General Hospital, 101 Harris Drive
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Middlesex

Deltaville
7/18/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Middlesex County Rescue Squad, 17684 General Puller Highway

Urbanna
7/11/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Urbanna Baptist, 121 Watling Street
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Orange

Locust Grove
7/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lake of the Woods Clubhouse, 102 Lakeview Parkway

Orange
7/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Orange Presbyterian Church, 162 West Main Street
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Powhatan

Powhatan
7/10/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bruster’s Ice Cream, 2602 Anderson Highway
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Prince Edward

Farmville
7/7/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Farmville Train Station, 501 West Third Street
7/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Centra Southside Community Hospital, 800 Oak Street
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Prince George

Prince George
7/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Colonial Harley Davidson, 1701 Temple Parkway
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Richmond

Warsaw
7/20/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Warsaw Baptist Church, 226 Main Street
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Richmond City

Richmond
7/18/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue
7/21/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., VCU Health – Learning Center, 1250 East Marshall St.

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