Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to donate now.
About 450 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as people across the country celebrated the holiday with activities and travel. This led to about 17,000 fewer blood donations than needed for patients in a single week, causing the Red Cross to now have less than a three-day supply of most blood types available – and less than a two-day supply of type O blood – for patients. At least a five-day supply is desired.
“Medical emergencies and critical treatments don’t stop for holiday celebrations. Patients depend on lifesaving blood transfusions every day,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services.
Here is a list of upcoming blood drives in Iredell, courtesy of the Red Cross:
July 28, 2-6:30 p.m., Harmony United Methodist, 136 W. Memorial Hwy.
July 15, 3-7 p.m., Fieldstone Presbyterian Church, 804 Fieldstone Road.
July 18, 2:30-7 p.m., Prospect Presbyterian Church - Mooresville, 9425 West NC 152 Hwy.
July 23, 12:30-4:30 p.m., George Pappas Victory Lanes, 125 Morlake Drive.
July 25: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Michael Weinig Inc., 124 Crosslake Park Drive.
July 17: 1-5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 815 Davie Ave.
July 21: 2-6:30 p.m., Friendship United Methodist Church, 907 Friendship Road.
July 22: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lowe’s 0458, 140 North Pointe Blvd.
July 22: 1-5:30 p.m., Wesley Memorial UMC, 825 Wesley Drrive.
July 24: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Hamer-Fischbein, 151 Walker Road
July 26: 2-6:30 p.m., Iredell Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive.
July 29: 2-6:30 p.m., Grace Baptist, Club Drive.
July 25: 1:30-6 p.m., First United Methodist, 204 Mills Ave.