Blood donations continue to be down and the American Red Cross is asking for help.   Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with External Communications Manager Dan Fox:

Dan Fox

There is one primary reason behind the current shortage.  “Quite simply, it’s just summertime,” said Fox, “It’s a time for families and donors to be traveling and taking part in fun activities.  They’re not really thinking about donating blood and they’re not putting it on their priority list.  In addition to that, we have schools out of session.  While that’s great news for students, it’s not so much for the Red Cross and the hospitals we serve because about 20% of the blood the Red Cross collects during the school year, comes from blood drives held at schools.”

While the organization  certainly encourages regular donors to do so if possible, they also invite and welcome new donors to answer the call, as well.  “One of the number one reasons we hear from people who don’t donate as to why they don’t donate is because no one ever asked them,” said Fox, “You can consider this me asking you.  The process is very simple.  It takes maybe an hour from start to finish.  That includes meeting with our knowledgeable staff members, going over your health history, and, what is essentially, a mini-physical.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Audrain County

Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Audrain Medical Center, 620 E. Monroe in Mexico, Mo.

Aug. 25 from 12 – 4:30 p.m. at Church of God Holiness, 1205 West Boulevard in Mexico, Mo.

Aug. 29 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive in Mexico, Mo.

Boone County

Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Womens and Childrens Hospital, 404 Keene St. in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stamper Commons, 1300 E. Broadway in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Missouri School of Law, 203 Hulston Hall in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Mizzou Christian Campus House, 704 S. College in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 28 from 1 – 6 p.m. at University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, 1 Hospital Drive in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S 9th St. in Columbia, Mo.

Callaway County

Aug. 22 from 3 – 8 p.m. at The Lighthouse, 2848 County Road 147 in Kingdom City, Mo.

Cooper County

Aug. 29 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Boonville Fire Department, 500 Bingham Road in Boonville, Mo.

Livingston County

Aug. 5 from 1:30 – 6:30 at Comfort Inn in Chillicothe, Mo.

Monroe County

Aug. 27 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Holliday Elementary School, 201 Curtright St. in Holliday, Mo.

Pettis County

Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lockett’s Fig Leaf, 1400 S. Limit in Sedalia, Mo.

Randolph County

Aug. 20 from 1 – 6 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church, 1046 Highway P in Clark, Mo.

Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 217 S. Williams St. in Moberly, Mo.

Press Release:

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

 

Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer.

 

To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.

 

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Audrain County

Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Audrain Medical Center, 620 E. Monroe in Mexico, Mo.

Aug. 25 from 12 – 4:30 p.m. at Church of God Holiness, 1205 West Boulevard in Mexico, Mo.

Aug. 29 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive in Mexico, Mo.

Boone County

Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Womens and Childrens Hospital, 404 Keene St. in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stamper Commons, 1300 E. Broadway in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Missouri School of Law, 203 Hulston Hall in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Mizzou Christian Campus House, 704 S. College in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 28 from 1 – 6 p.m. at University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, 1 Hospital Drive in Columbia, Mo.

Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S 9th St. in Columbia, Mo.

Callaway County

Aug. 22 from 3 – 8 p.m. at The Lighthouse, 2848 County Road 147 in Kingdom City, Mo.

Cole County

Aug. 18 from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. at St Michaels Catholic Church, 5214 N. Hatler St. in Russellville, Mo.

Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters, 1510 E. Elm in Jefferson City, Mo.

Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Independent Living Resource Center, 1760 Southridge Drive in Jefferson City, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dept. of Natural Resources, 1730 E. Elm Street in Jefferson City, Mo.

Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Missouri Secretary of State, 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City, Mo.

Cooper County

Aug. 29 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Boonville Fire Department, 500 Bingham Road in Boonville, Mo.

Gasconade County

Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lost Valley Lake Resort-Lake Expo, 2334 Highway ZZ in Owensville, Mo.

Lincoln County

Aug. 18 from 2 – 7 p.m. at New Hope Lodge #199, 104 S. 4th in Elsberry, Mo.

Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Hall, 444 Highway J in Troy, Mo.

Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln County Medical Center, 1000 E. Cherry St. in Troy, Mo.

Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1000 Elm Tree Rd. in Troy, Mo.

Miller County

Aug. 25 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Eldon Community Center, 309 E. 2nd St. in Eldon, Mo.

Moniteau County

Aug. 20 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, S. Osage in Tipton, Mo.

Aug. 27 from 1 – 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 207 N. Owen in California, Mo.

Aug. 28 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Latham Elementary School, 156 School St. in Latham, Mo.

Monroe County

Aug. 27 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Holliday Elementary School, 201 Curtright St. in Holliday, Mo.

Montgomery County

Aug. 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Gamma Road Lodge, 250 E. Locust in Wellsville, Mo.

Morgan County

Aug. 26 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Ozark Christian School, 16326 Highway C in Versailles, Mo.

Pettis County

Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lockett’s Fig Leaf, 1400 S. Limit in Sedalia, Mo.

Pike County

Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Daffron and Associates, 1 Solution Place in Bowling Green, Mo.

Randolph County

Aug. 20 from 1 – 6 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church, 1046 Highway P in Clark, Mo.

Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 217 S. Williams St. in Moberly, Mo.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.