Blood donations urgently needed in final weeks of summer

ST. GEORGE — The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.The summer months are among the most challenging times of the year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities. The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break though.

Two summers ago, Kelly Griswold was involved in a life-threatening jet ski accident while vacationing. She was airlifted to a hospital and underwent three surgeries over the course of two days.

Griswold, a blood donor prior to the accident, suddenly knew what it was like to be on the receiving end of blood donations.

“Without the support of people that can give blood,” he said, “the ones who have needed it would not be here today – myself included.”

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

In appreciation for helping to save lives, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS 1-800-733-2767.

To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Washington County

  • Hurricane | Hurricane 10th Ward Red Brick Chapel, 274 S. 100 West | Aug. 25, 1-7 p.m.
  • Ivins  | Old Ivins Chapel, 40 W. Center | Aug. 31, 2-7:30 p.m.
  • St. George | St. George Blood Donation Center, 467 E. Riverside Dr. Ste. B6
    • Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Aug. 22, 1-6 p.m.
    • Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Aug. 29, 1-6 p.m.
  • St. George | City Library, 88 W. 100 South | Aug. 22, 1-7 p.m.
  • St. George | Pine View Stake Center, 595 N. 2405 East | Aug. 24, 1-7 p.m.
  • St. George | Gardner Student Center, 225 S. 700 East | Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • St. George | Summit Athletic Club, 1532 E. 1450 South | Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Washington | Telegraph Street Chapel, 650 E. Telegraph St. | Aug. 17, 1:30-7 p.m.
  • Washington  | Washington Fields Stake Center, 1295 S. 3000 East | Aug. 23, noon to 6 p.m.

Iron County

  • Cedar City | First Baptist Church, 324 W. 200 North | Aug. 16, 1:30-7 p.m.
  • Cedar City | Sharwan Smith Center, 351 W. University Blvd. | Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Cedar City | Christ the King Catholic Church, 690 S. Cove Dr. | Aug. 30, 1:30-7 p.m.

Beaver County

  • Beaver | Beaver 3rd, 4th and 5th Ward Chapel, 220 N. Main | Aug. 18, 1:30–5 p.m.

Carbon County

  • Price | Castleview Hospital, 300 N. Hospital Dr. | Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Price | Price Chapel, 611 West Price River Dr. | Aug. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sanpete County

  • Manti | Manti Mercantile, 155 S. Main | Aug. 16, 2-6 p.m.

Sevier County

  • Richfield | Sevier County Ambulance, 925 N. 50 West | Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 (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, 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 cruzrojaamericana.org or on Twitter at @RedCross.

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2 Comments

  • Bob August 9, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    They claim they are always begging new blood because their stock is always expiring and has to be thrown out. Here we are the year 2016 u would think they’d find a way to make it last a few years anyway. I tend to think they sell most of it to pharma to make drugs $$$. I do know there is millions $$$ in the business

  • .... August 11, 2016 at 6:45 am

    It’s amazing just how stupid you really are

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