Red Cross calls for donations to maintain a sufficient blood supply

ST. GEORGE — The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood; the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit the red cross website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Beaver

  • Aug. 21, 2-7 p.m.: Beaver 3rd, 4th & 5th Ward Chapel, 220 North Main

Milford

  • Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m.: Milford Valley EMS, 850 North Main

Cedar City

  • Aug. 11, 2-7 p.m.: Sharwan Smith Center, 351 West University Blvd
  • Aug. 14,  2-7 p.m.: Cedar City Canyon View Stake, 1985 North Main
  • Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: State Bank of Southern Utah, Cedar City, 377 North Main
  • Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: State Bank of Southern Utah, Cedar City, 377 North Main

Enoch

  • Aug. 15, 1:30-7 p.m.: Enoch Stake Center, 2233 E. Village Green Road

Hurricane

  • Aug. 20,  2-7 p.m.: Hurricane 10th Ward Red Brick Chapel, 274 South 100 West

Ivins

  • Sept. 3, 2:30-7:30 p.m.: Old Ivins Chapel, 40 West Center

St. George

  • Aug. 13, 1 p.m.-6 p.m.: St. George Bloomington Stake, 200 West Brigham Road
  • Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Southern Utah Health Clinic, 1490 Foremaster Dr.
  • Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Utah National Guard – St. George, 1710 E. Commerce Dr.
  • Aug. 27, 2-6 p.m.: Dixie Regional Medical Center, 1380 East Medical Center Drive
  • Aug. 28, 12-5 p.m.: Smith’s – St. George, 20 N. Bluff
  • Aug. 29, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Dixie State University, Rural Health Scholars, 225 S 700 E
  • Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: St. George City Offices, 175 East 200 North

Washington

  • Aug. 25, 1-6 p.m.: Paul Mitchell The School, 568 West Telegraph St., Ste. 4
  • Aug. 28, 2-7 p.m.: Main Street Chapel, 82 North Main Street

How to donate blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger must meet certain height and weight requirements.

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12 Comments

  • BOBBER August 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    wat they want all this blood?

  • :( August 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    If I could donate,I would. I lived in the United Kingdom when all the Mad Cow disease was a big problem. I am not allowed to donate because of it.

  • anonymous August 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    But if we donate blood we can’t go to biolife for 8 weeks. We would be losing out on a few hundred dollors.

  • :( August 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    If you ate any meat during the Mad Cow outbreak they say it can stay in your tissues dormant and they dont want you passing infected blood to other people.If I had it I would be dead by now….at least thats what they say. I have my own opinions on that. It would explain my craziness;) And various other health problems.

  • BOBBER August 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Think of all the people with Mad Cow that have already donated. Scary thought…

  • :( August 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I know!! It is scary to think about how many people lie on the questionaire just so they can get a few bucks. I hope they test the plasma before putting it in the supply chain.

  • :( August 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    There are many drug addicts that donate blood to pay for another bag of dope. They are high as a kite when they donate.

  • Betty August 11, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Hey Joyce, there’s a story idea. How does Biolife insure the plasma people are giving isn’t tainted? How to they verify the questionnaires are true? Seems like the good people of southern Utah would lie to claim their “donation” money (seems like an oxymoron). I have heard that many of the people who live at the care & share and who’ve been in jail are seen at Biolife regularly. I was told that eliminates you if you’ve been at either.

  • BOBBER August 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think a lot of people have the Mad Cow Disease and don’t even know it. Not even a few years ago people would get AIDS and Hepatitis C from transfused blood. God knows what else you can get that hasn’t even been discovered yet…

  • :( August 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I think so too. I do not believe that it kills as quickly as we are told.

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