Red Cross has emergency need for blood and platelet donations

Donors needed now after severe winter weather forces blood drive cancellations

BURLINGTON, VT (Jan. 26, 2016) — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in,” said Mary Brant, communications manager of the Northern New England Blood Services. “Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help ensure blood products are available for patients locally, and across the country, including areas severely impacted by winter weather.”

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 2-year-old Charlie Stephens. Charlie has received both blood and platelets during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her mother, Michelle Stephens, donates blood regularly. “I want to help supply blood for someone else, because others have provided for my family,” she said.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

 How to donate blood

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.

Blood donors can now 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, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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.

Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities Feb. 1-15, 2016

Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross

BURLINGTON, VT (January 19, 2016) – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. For Heather Von Glahn, it was a personal emergency – her 8-year-old daughter’s leukemia diagnosis – that inspired her to make the commitment to give blood regularly. “I’ve seen blood save her life at least 10 times,” said Von Glahn. “When friends and family ask what they can do for my daughter, I tell them to donate blood. It matters so much!”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities Feb. 1-15, 2016

Blood donations urgently needed by the American Red Cross

MANCHESTER, NH (January 19, 2016) – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter. Eligible blood donors of all types are needed, especially those with O, AB, B negative and A negative.

Blood is needed to respond to emergencies large and small, across the country every day. For Heather Von Glahn, it was a personal emergency – her 8-year-old daughter’s leukemia diagnosis – that inspired her to make the commitment to give blood regularly. “I’ve seen blood save her life at least 10 times,” said Von Glahn. “When friends and family ask what they can do for my daughter, I tell them to donate blood. It matters so much!”

Blood donations are urgently needed now and throughout the winter to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Lincoln Financial Foundation Supports Red Cross Nurse Training Program With $15K Grant

Concord, NH, 1/21/2016 – The American Red Cross has received a $15,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to assist in funding the American Red Cross (ARC) Nurse Assistant Training program in New Hampshire.

During their training, aspiring nursing assistants learn to provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings. This highly-competitive program positions students for success as graduates have a 95% pass rate on the state licensing exam.

With over 20 years of experience training both Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) and LNA instructors in New Hampshire, the ARC Nursing Assistant Training program is designed with input from educators, caregivers and industry representatives from across the United States. It is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing and the New Hampshire Department of Education Post-Secondary Commission.

Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Lincoln Financial Group, believes in empowering people to live greater lives, which advances culture and empowers greater positive change. Its grant is part of Lincoln Financial’s annual $10 million investment in its local communities’ youth education, economic and workforce development, human well-being, and arts programs.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation:

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic / workforce development.

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.

Support needed to help purchase a new bloodmobile

In 15 years, our bloodmobile has traveled over 200,000 miles. Appearing at more than 250 blood drives and transporting up to 6,000 units of blood annually, it is a crucial member of our Red Cross team.

The bloodmobile allows us collect and safely transport blood donations and deliver vital blood and blood products to patients in need. With each unit of blood capable of helping up to three people, the bloodmobile makes it possible to save the lives of nearly 18,000 blood recipients each year.

But the last 15 years have taken their toll. Our bloodmobile breaks down an average of four times a month often forcing us to cancel blood drives and missing opportunities to share the gift of life.

With your generous contributions, you can help us raise the $375,000 needed to purchase a new bloodmobile for your community.

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Bloodmobile Corporate Sponsorship Form

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After 15 years and over 200,000 miles, it’s time for our bloodmobile to retire. Read more.

PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP $50,000

  • Large logo placed on the exterior of the New Hampshire Red Cross bloodmobile for one year. The bloodmobile will also travel to VT and ME.  Exposure in three states.
  • Visibility at largest blood drives throughout New Hampshire
  • Company recognition at two chapter events.
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Gold Membership level below

GOLD MEMBERSHIP $25,000

  • Secondary logo placed on the exterior of the New Hampshire Red Cross bloodmobile for one year. The bloodmobile will also travel to VT and ME.  Exposure in three states.
  • Signage at the Regional Blood Center in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Company recognition at one chapter event
  • Website banner and badge provided for use on Donor Company’s website
  • Quote from Red Cross leadership for donor company’s use (non-endorsement purposes) and sample language provided for Donor Company’s website explaining gift to the Red Cross and current statistics.
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Silver Membership level below

SILVER MEMBERSHIP $10,000

  • Company name listed on plaque at Regional Blood Center in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Company name listed on plaque inside new bloodmobile recognizing donors at $10,000 and above
  • In addition to all benefits outlined at the Bronze Membership level below

BRONZE MEMBERSHIP $5,000

  • Recognition via media outlets and through social media platforms
  • Recognition in the American Red Cross of New Hampshire and Vermont bi-annual newsletter highlighting details of bloodmobile activity
  • Plaque presentation and photo opportunity with local Red Cross staff
  • Company name and logo presented on American Red Cross regional website recognizing all bloodmobile donors

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New Hampshire Blood Donation Opportunities through Jan. 31, 2016

Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a winter shortage

All those who come to give blood or platelets in January will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card in celebration of National Blood Donor Month

MANCHESTER, NH (Jan. 11, 2016) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“A decline in the blood supply after the winter holidays is not uncommon, but it can be replenished when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Mary Brant, communications manager for the Red Cross Northern New England Blood Services Region. “We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood.”

For the ninth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are partnering in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Blood Donor Month. Through the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.*

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations during the winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause donors to be temporarily unable to give.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate for patients like Pyper Young, now 7 years old. The chemotherapy that treated Pyper’s brain cancer also caused her to need emergency transfusions to increase her blood levels. The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients like Pyper.

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Vermont Blood Donation Opportunities through Jan. 31, 2016

Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a winter shortage

All those who come to give blood or platelets in January will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card in celebration of National Blood Donor Month

BURLINGTON, VT (Jan. 11, 2016) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“A decline in the blood supply after the winter holidays is not uncommon, but it can be replenished when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Mary Brant, Communications Manager for the Red Cross Northern New England Blood Services Region. “We encourage our generous donors who are eligible, as well as new donors, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets and help ensure blood products continue to be available for patients. Every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs blood.”

For the ninth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts are partnering in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors during National Blood Donor Month. Through the “Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference” campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets in January at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.*

National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations during the winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause donors to be temporarily unable to give.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate for patients like Pyper Young, now 7 years old. The chemotherapy that treated Pyper’s brain cancer also caused her to need emergency transfusions to increase her blood levels. The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients like Pyper.

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Blood Donation Facts

Did you know that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood? Or that the average donation is roughly one pint, but a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood?

With blood donation taking a backseat to hectic holiday schedules, January is a crucial time to give.

See if there is a blood drive happening in your community or find a Red Cross Blood Donation Center near you to donate today!

 

Check out more blood donation facts below and learn why your donation is so important.

Facts about blood needs

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1.6 million people were expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Facts about the blood supply

  • The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 15.7 million
  • The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.2 million
  • Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
  • Type O negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
  • Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.

Facts about the blood donation process

  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
  • Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
  • The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
  • A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.
  • A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.
  • Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law.

Facts about blood and its components

  • There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a pint of donated whole blood – hence each donation can help save up to three lives.
  • Donors can give either whole blood or specific blood components only. The process of donating specific blood components – red cells, plasma or platelets – is called apheresis.
  • One transfusion dose of platelets can be obtained through one apheresis donation of platelets or by combining the platelets derived from five whole blood donations.
  • Most donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection.
  • Donated platelets must be used within five days of collection – new donations are constantly needed.
  • Plasma and cryoprecipitate are stored in frozen state and can be used for up to one year after collection.
  • Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation – some in a matter of hours and others in a matter of weeks.

Facts about donors

  • The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.”
  • Two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood are: “Never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles.”
  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
  • If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 1,000 lives!
  • Half of Red Cross donors male, and half are female.
  • The American Red Cross accepts blood donations only from volunteer donors.
  • Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 19 percent donate occasionally, 31 percent are first-time donors, and 50 percent are regular, loyal donors.
  • Only 9 percent of people in the U.S. have O negative blood type. O negative blood type donors are universal donors as their blood can be given to people of all blood types.
  • Type O negative blood is needed in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known and with newborns who need blood.
  • Forty-eight percent of people in the U.S. have Type O (positive or negative) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics – 57 percent, and among African Americans – 51 percent.
  • Only 3 percent of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood type. AB positive type blood donors are universal donors of plasma, which is often used in emergencies, for newborns and for patients requiring massive transfusions.

Facts about American Red Cross Blood Services

  • The American Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew.
  • The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.
  • The Red Cross provides blood for patients in approximately 2,600 hospitals across the U.S.
  • The Red Cross makes blood available to any patient who needs it — patients are not required to find donors to replace the blood they use (a practice common in Europe and some U.S. blood banks) allowing the patient and their family to focus on recovery.
  • Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20 percent are collected at Red Cross donation centers.
  • The American Red Cross works with more than 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year to hold more than 200,000 blood drives, providing convenient locations for people to give blood.

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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.