Red Cross Needs 17,000 Blood Donations Every Day

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My dad’s two brothers organized a blood drive at work and got all of their friends and co-workers to donate blood in my dad's name.

The American Red Cross has seen an increase in blood donations in recent weeks. However, thousands of donations are needed every day to ensure the blood supply meets patient need through the rest of the summer.

If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect – it will help ensure an adequate blood supply for patients all summer long.

The Red Cross issued an emergency appeal for blood donors in late June. Since then, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above what was expected, cutting the blood donation deficit by 30 percent.

Donors of all blood types are needed now, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. You can give blood every 56 days, so anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

WHO NEEDS BLOOD “When I was a little girl; my father began to hemorrhage and lost a lot of blood,” Gayle recalled. “The doctors could not stop the bleeding. My dad’s two brothers organized a blood drive at work and got all of their friends and co-workers to donate blood in my dad's name. After many transfusions (I think over 100 pints) the doctors were finally able to stop the bleeding. My dad lived until I was grown. When I was old enough; I signed up to donate blood to help others.”

Jamie was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after the birth of her first child that required prompt treatment with plasmapheresis. “After over 20 treatments, I’m still standing,” she said. “Since every treatment required ten to twelve individual donations, I literally owe my life to hundreds of people. Before my diagnosis, I didn’t have a full appreciation for the importance of giving blood products, but I certainly do now. Giving blood truly is giving the gift of life.

Other recent examples of patients who received blood products include:

  • A new mother received 32 units of red blood cells, 15 units of cryoprecipitate, 10 units of platelets and 10 units of plasma after complications from childbirth.
  • Two liver transplant patients were treated with a combined total of 40 units of red blood cells and 30 units of plasma.
  • A patient undergoing a cyst removal received 60 units of red blood cells and 9 units of platelets.
  • Four units of platelets, 15 units of red blood cells, 30 units of plasma and 48 units of cryoprecipitate helped stabilize an organ transplant patient.
  • An organ transplant patient received 30 units of red blood cells and 40 units of plasma.
  • HOW TO GIVE To schedule a donation time, or for more information about giving blood, people can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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.

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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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.