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Dallas/Fort Worth—The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise, and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.

Right now, hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen demand from trauma centers climb by 10 percent in 2021, more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide blood transfusions.  

“When seconds count in emergency trauma situations, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can make the difference in lifesaving care,” said Brian Moeschler, regional donor services executive of Red Cross North Texas Region. “As many people begin to enjoy travel and time with loved ones again this summer, patients are relying on the generosity of donors to help ensure they have access to the treatment they need. Please consider blood donation as a summer activity that can help save lives.”

Patients need the help of the American people. Schedule an appointment to give blood now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In addition to trauma needs, there is a great hospital demand for blood as people who deferred care during the height of the pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, requiring increased blood transfusions. Over the last three months, the Red Cross has distributed about 75,000 more blood products than expected to meet these needs. As a result of this shortage, some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes. Blood is perishable and cannot be stockpiled, so it must constantly be replenished by generous blood donors.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood now. As a thank-you, those who come to give now through June 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)  

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Coppell

6/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Coppell Family YMCA, 146 Town Center Blvd

6/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Coppell Family YMCA, 146 Town Center Blvd

Dallas

6/16/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Green Dr

6/17/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Bennett, 1800 Bennett Ave

6/18/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Juanita J. Craft Recreation Center, 4500 Spring Avenue

6/19/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CCIM – North Texas Chapter, 13101 Preston Rd, 6th Floor

6/20/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Dallas Chapter, 2055 Kendall Dr.

6/21/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross Dallas Chapter, 2055 Kendall Dr.

6/21/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Taco Y Vino, 213 W Eighth St

6/22/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6707 Royal Ln

6/22/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Trammell Crow Center, 2010 Flora Street

6/24/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy

6/25/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lowe’s Dallas, 6011 Lemmon Avenue

6/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., The Clubs of Prestonwood – The Creek, 15909 Preston Road

Duncanville

6/23/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Duncanville Public Library, 201 James Collins Blvd

Grand Prairie

6/17/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Grand Prairie, 2010 South Carrier Parkway

Irving

6/23/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medical City Las Colinas, 6800 N.MacArthur Blvd.

6/24/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Element Hotel North DFW/Irving, 3550 Highway 635

6/30/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pacific Dental Services, 2425 Gateway Drive

Mesquite

6/24/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates Dr,

Richardson

6/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Drury Plaza Hotel Richardson, 165 Cityline Dr.

6/27/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Raindrop Foundation Dallas, 1416 E Collins Blvd.

Rowlett

6/23/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rowlett High School, 3700 Chaha Rd

Sachse

6/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Chase Oaks Church – Woodbridge Campus, 2709 3rd St.

SOURCE American Red Cross