Blood Drive Scheduled October 19 In Wolf Point
A blood drive is scheduled at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wolf Point on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call 1-800-RED Cross (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter Wolf Point to schedule an appointment.
The American Red Cross continues to experience a national blood and platelet shortage and asks the public to book a time to give as soon as possible. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets. The Red Cross offers three ways to make a donation appointment that can help save lives:
•Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
•Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1800-733-2767) The Red Cross experienced a significant blood and platelet donation shortfall in August, contributing to the current blood and platelet shortage. To ensure the blood supply recovers, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month to meet hospital and patient needs.
“When blood and platelet supplies drop to critical levels, it makes hospitals and the patients they are treating vulnerable –especially if there is a major accident or emergency medical procedure that requires large quantities of blood during a disaster,” said Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross. “A single car accident victim can use as much as 100 units of blood. By making and keeping donation appointments, donors can help keep hospital shelves stocked with blood products and ensure patients have access to the timely care they deserve.”
As a thank-you, those who come to give Oct. 1-20, will receive a $15 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Details are available at RedCross-Blood.org/Together.
In late summer, the Red Cross national blood supply dropped by about 25 percent on the heels of one of the busiest travel seasons and the beginning of back-toschool activities. As people settle back into fall school and work routines, a unique challenge to the blood supply remains — many employees continue to work from home or in a hybrid capacity, reducing the number of opportunities to give blood at business-sponsored blood drives. In fact, before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 800,000 blood donations were made at blood drives hosted by businesses. Last year, the Red Cross saw only about 500,000 blood donations at these locations — a nearly 40 percent drop from pre-pandemic levels.
This, coupled with an active disaster season, is creating a perfect “storm” and challenging the organization’s ability to collect a sufficient amount of blood products to meet the needs of hospitals across the country.