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June 20, 2018

6/13/2018 4:42:00 AM
Red Cross seeks donors
Missing types: A, B, O

Imagine a world where the letters A, B, and O have gone missing. You notice immediately that something's off. A, B, O aren't just letters they're our blood types and when there's a blood shortage, A, B and O really do go missing. The American Red Cross is running a campaign to remove all the A's, B's and O's from their website, signage, and everyday usage. This signifies the A, B and O blood types that go missing in hospitals.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, but for the past four years, new Red Cross donors declined by about 80,000 per year. More blood donors are needed to fill the gaps. This challenge is happening with all blood collection organizations across the country and around the world. Together we can help stop this shortage.

The following blood drives are being held across the area to help fill the missing types:

6/19/18- Hope United Methodist Church

219 East 1st Street, Wellston

1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Call (740)384-2663 to schedule an appointment

6/21/18- First Church of the Nazarene

251 Powell Drive, Jackson

1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Call (740)-286-2864 to schedule an appointment

6/26/18- Christ United Methodist Church

150 Portsmouth Street, Jackson

12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Call (740)286-3419 to schedule an appointment

For more information or to set up an appointment to donate, go to redcrossblood.org.

The Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, and currently Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to help save their lives.

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