Public urged to donate blood during 'challenging' summer months

Desiree Burns
June 14, 2018

"Please take notice the fact that if those types are missing in the blood arena on the shelves of our hospitals, then we are going to have lives terribly impacted without that blood", she said.

As the blood products supplier to 76 hospitals across the state, Indiana Blood Center is thanking blood donors for their generosity, and raising awareness for the ongoing need for blood donations in the summer months to ensure the availability of blood products for patients in our community and beyond.

The American Red Cross is hoping a new marketing campaign will help increase blood donations.

"As blood donors, we can make sure there is never a missing blood type", says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients. The blood donor population is shrinking, and more blood donors are needed now to fill the gaps.

Promote the need for blood donors on social media.

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To schedule an appointment to give blood at the CBSI Donor Center or at a mobile blood drive, call (866) GIVEBLD, find blood drive information online at, or schedule via the Blood Center IMPACT app, available on iTunes or Google Play (see for info).

The SANBS has asked local brands, sports teams, corporates and landmarks to tweak their logos and donate their As, Bs and Os for just a week. But for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world.

The New York Blood Center in New York City has declared a blood emergency.

"Adequate supplies of safe blood can only be assured through regular, voluntary, unpaid donations". Red Cross blood donors came through and she had multiple successful surgeries. It features a free pancake breakfast and everyone who registers to donate will receive a "Vincent Strong" bracelet and the patriotic "Earn Your Stars and Stripes - Donate Blood" t-shirt.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Our appeal happens to coincide with World Blood Donor Day, which is Thursday, June 14th, and celebrates volunteer blood donors for their life-saving gifts.

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