EDITORIAL: Blood supply is in need of refueling
Just as most cars need to be refueled constantly, so does the nation’s blood supply. The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage.
The decline in donations has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink nearly 20% in recent weeks. The availability of blood products will continue to decline if donations do not increase. People should not wait until they hear there is a blood shortage to give. Type O negative blood donors and platelet donors are especially needed now.
“This is a concerning trend that may soon make it tougher to keep blood products stocked on hospital shelves,” said Paul Sullivan, Red Cross senior vice president of donor services. “By choosing a time to give now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of lifesaving care and those who rely on transfusions for treatment.
” As blood and platelet donations drop, gas prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. As a thank-you, all who give blood during the month of August will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.
Donors can schedule an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting www.redcrossblood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving.
Upcoming Blood Drives
• Howe Springs Fire District, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Highland Park United Methodist Church, Aug. 25, noon - 4:30 p.m.
• MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Magnolia Mall, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Wilson High School, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Darlington News and Press, Aug. 22,10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Darlington County Institute of Technology, Aug. 18. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.