Red Cross Needs Blood Donors

Jeff Meyer, CEO, American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has had a boost in donations since it issued an emergency appeal for blood, but additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply of blood through the end of the summer. “We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in the Bay Area who responded to our appeal, helping to save lives,” said Jeff Meyer, CEO of the Northern California Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross is so appreciative for each and every selfless act of giving. Our blood donors truly do this out of the goodness of their hearts,” he said. Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the Red Cross issued its appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by 30 percent. However, more donors are needed in the coming weeks. If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross already expects to collect – there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer. Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close. A blood drive will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Towers, Suite 759, 1900 Powell St. in Emeryville. Another blood drive will be held at Allen Temple Baptist Church, J. Alfred Smith Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, 8501 International Blvd. in Oakland. For information call (800) 733-2767 or go to redcross.org.
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