Red Cross

   To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross from July 29 through August 29 will receive a $5 gift card via email. The Red Cross states that they currently have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.

   Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

   When an emergency arises, it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives. Only through the generosity of blood donors can the Red Cross provide hospitals with lifesaving blood to meet the ongoing and often, unpredictable needs of patients. The need for blood is constant. In the United States, every two seconds blood is needed to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

   With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross hopes to motivate donors to roll up a sleeve and alleviate the blood shortage across the country. Amazon’s partnership with the Red Cross is part of their commitment to “Right Now Needs” to help increase blood donations to ensure patient needs are met.

   Senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services Cliff Numark says, “Each donation truly matters to those counting on blood products to battle illness and injury. We are asking the public to donate as soon as possible to ensure blood is available on hospital shelves for those in need.”

   Blood transfusion is one of the most common inpatient hospital procedures in the U.S., and these blood products can only come from volunteer donors. Yet, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood. A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes.

   To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

   Upcoming blood donation opportunities in our area:

8/7/2019: 2-6 p.m., Summertown Saddle & Bridle Club, Highway 20, Summertown, TN

8/8/2019: 1:30-5:30 p.m., Perry County Community Center, 113 Factory St., Linden, TN

8/12/2019: 2-6 p.m., Leoma Baptist Church, 6 Dunn Leoma Road, Leoma, TN