Red Cross seeks blood donors due to shortage

By Jacob Musselman

The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood shortage that has caused the blood supply to drop to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years. 

The Red Cross said in a press release, fall is typically a time when the blood supply rebounds from summer blood shortages, but a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. due to the delta variant has contributed to the lowest donor turnout of the year. To shore up inventory, the Red Cross must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week this month to meet hospital and patient needs. 

Donors are asked to make an appointment. All those who come to donate in October will receive a link by email to claim a free Zaxby’s® Signature Sandwich reward or get a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.* Plus, all those who come to give Oct. 11-31 will receive a bonus $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.**

The Red Cross also stated in the release that blood donations can help those with breast cancer going through treatment. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Red Cross is reminding donors of the importance of blood to those undergoing treatment. According to the National Cancer Institute, roughly 1.9 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. this year, and more than 281,000 of those individuals will have breast cancer. 

Patients with breast cancer and other cancers may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications. In fact, nearly 25% of the blood supply is used by cancer patients.  

Dates and locations

  • Oct. 21 from 1-6 p.m. at the Community Church of Greenwood at 1477 W. Main St. there will be a blood drive. 
  • Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Johnson County White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd.