Blood donations down; Red Cross needs your help

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Even with thousands of people responding to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations earlier this month, there is still a critical shortage this summer.

There has been an increase in blood donation appointments by 30% after the Red Cross put out the emergency call.

Despite the increase, it is still not enough to keep up with the demand.

Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

Donations were down in May and June with nearly 61 thousand fewer blood donations than needed, which prompted the donation emergency earlier this month.

 

How To Help:

You can schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25-Aug. 15:

Frankfort Blood Donor Center, 318 Washington St., Frankfort, KY. 40601

7/28/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

8/4/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

8/11/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Legislative Research Commission, 702 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY. 40601

7/28/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Capitol Complex East, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, KY. 40601

8/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Administrative Office of the Courts, 1001 Vandalay Drive, Frankfort, KY. 40601

8/9/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Campbellsburg City Hall, 8142 Main St., Campbellsburg, KY. 40011

7/28/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Oldham County Public Library, 308 Yager Ave., La Grange, KY. 40031

7/25/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Immaculate Conception Church, 502 N. Fifth Ave, La Grange, KY. 40031

8/5/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m

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Cedar Lake Lodge, 3301 Jericho Road, La Grange, KY. 40031

8/11/2017: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 4455 Freedom’s Way, Shelbyville, KY. 40065

8/7/2017: noon – 4 p.m.

8/7/2017: 4 – 8 p.m.

Purnell FB Sausage Co., Inc., 6931 Shelbyville Road, Simpsonville, KY. 40067

7/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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