American Red Cross asks for blood donations nationwide

Red Cross Faces Blood Shortage

Red Cross seeks blood donations

"They can donate to anyone, so that's what we need right now, but we need all blood types because we are running really low on our supplies", said Ronda Kindred, Donor Recruiter for LifeSouth Community Blood Center.

As the Red Cross offered more local donation opportunities, Steven Walker of Modesto gave a pint Thursday at the donation center on West Orangeburg Avenue.

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In trauma situations, she explained, it is especially useful if doctors don't have time to determine someone's blood type - making it the most requested by hospitals.

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More than 13,000 daily blood donations are necessary for the Red Cross to meet the demands for blood and platelets at 2,600 hospitals across the United States, the organization said.

Samantha Pollard, Red Cross spokeswoman for the Midwest Blood Services Region, said winter weather has not yet significantly affected Nebraska as a whole.

In a recent press release, Blood Assurance cited a crucial shortage in Type O positive blood, which is always much-needed, because it's the most common blood type. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.

Mendota: Jan. 12 - noon-5 p.m., OSF St. Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th St.

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January 19, from noon to 6 Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad, 10 Manor Dr., Stuarts Draft.

In general, blood providers such as Marsh Regional Blood Center, the region's largest supplier of blood, try to obtain at least 100 units of blood each day.

New Baltimore: 8:30 2:15 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Queen of Creation Catholic Church, located at 50931 Maria St.

January 24, from noon to 6 Gypsy Hill Park Gym, 600 Churchill Ave., Staunton.

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The blood mobile will remain in town through Friday.

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