Red Cross needs type O blood donors for ‘critical shortage’

Red Cross needs type O blood donors for ‘critical shortage’

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The American Red Cross hopes those with Type O blood can come out and donate soon because of what the organization is calling a, “critical shortage."

All donors who come to give blood or platelets through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

Officials say the Red Cross currently has less than a two-day supply of type O for emergency rooms where it can be most critical. That means there are just six units of type O blood available for every 100,000 people, while at least 14 are needed every day.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as school years end.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or Power Red donation, where available. During a Power Red donation, donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 14-June 8:

Berkeley

Goose Creek

5/19/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Community Center, 510 St. James Ave.

5/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Goose Creek Community Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.

6/2/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Goose Creek United Methodist Church, 142 Red Bank Rd

Ladson

5/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Abberly Crossing Apartment Homes, 9698 Patriot Boulevard

Moncks Corner

5/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Berkeley County Government, 1003 Highway 52

5/28/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Berkeley Middle School, 320 North Live Oak Drive

5/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Berkeley Electric Co-Op, 551 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd

Saint Stephen

5/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Timberland High School, 1418 Gravel Hill Rd.

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Charleston

Charleston

5/14/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/15/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/16/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/17/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/18/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/18/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Low Country Harley-Davidson, 4707 Dorchester Rd.

5/19/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/20/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/21/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/22/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., MUSC Horseshoe, 171 Ashley Ave.

5/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1519 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

5/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., ABC News 4 Blood Drive at the Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

5/23/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., ABC News 4 Blood Drive at the Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

5/24/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/25/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/26/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/27/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/28/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/30/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

5/31/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/1/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/2/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/3/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/4/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., WCSC Live 5 News Blood Drive at Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenburg

6/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Daniel Ravenel SIR, 33 Broad Street

6/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/6/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/7/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

6/8/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

Folly Beach

6/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Folly Beach Community-Our Lady of Good Counsel, 105 W. Hudson

Mount Pleasant

5/14/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/15/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/15/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Laurel Hill Primary School, 3100 Thomas Cario Boulevard

5/17/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/18/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/19/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/20/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/21/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/24/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mount Pleasant Waterworks, 1619 Rifle Range Road

5/25/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/26/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/27/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/28/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/29/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

5/29/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian, 302 Hibben Street

5/31/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/1/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/2/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/3/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/4/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/5/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/6/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thomas & Hutton Engineering, 682 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 100

6/7/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

6/8/2019: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

N Charleston

5/17/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Goodwill Industries, 2150 Eagle Drive, Bldg 100

North Charleston

5/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., ABC News 4 Blood Drive at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., #60

5/23/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., ABC News 4 Blood Drive at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., #60

5/28/2019: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Give and Grill with Charles and Missee Fox held at Fox Music House, 4248 Dorchester Rd

5/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., North Charleston United Methodist Church, 1125 E. Montague

5/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Life Cycle Engineering, 4360 Corporate Rd.

6/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Synter Resource Group, 5935 Rivers Ave, suite 102

6/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Select Health of SC, 4390 Belle Oak Drive Ste. 400

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Colleton

Edisto Island

5/21/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Edisto Beach Civic Center, 42 Station Court

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Dorchester

Dorchester

5/24/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodland High School, 4128 Highway 78

Summerville

5/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sweetgrass Pediatrics, 2016 1st Avenue

5/18/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2100 Bacon's Bridge Road

5/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Summerville Family YMCA, 208 West Doty Ave

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Greenville

Greenville

5/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Temple, 5 Webb Road

5/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., ARC of Upstate SC, 940 Grove Rd.

6/3/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive

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