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American Red Cross Reports Fewer Donations this Summer

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The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately eight percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

Upcoming opportunities to donate in the area include:

Adams County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. Seventh St. in Hastings
July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hastings Family YMCA, 1430 W. 16th St. in Hastings
July 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St. in Hastings
Aug. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Roseland Fire Hall, Main St. in Roseland
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 621 N. Lincoln Ave. in Hastings
Aug. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St. in Hastings

Buffalo County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at Community Building, 202 N. Sycamore in Pleasanton
Aug. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney

Dawson County
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Community Building, Fifth and Main in Sumner
July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Catholic Parish Hall, 613 W. 13th in Cozad
Aug. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave. in Gothenburg

Fillmore County
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Legion, 541 Main St. in Milligan
July 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 942 H St. in Geneva

Hall County
July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Conestoga Mall, 3404 W. 13th St. in Grand Island
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 25 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at YWCA, 211 E. Fonner Park Road in Grand Island
Aug. 8 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St Mary's Cathedral, 204 S. Cedar in Grand Island

Hamilton County
July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 1104 A St. in Aurora
July 29 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Community Center, 4021 N. Commercial in Giltner

Kearney County
Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Axtell Fire Hall, 202 E. Sixth St. in Axtell

Nuckolls County
July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Auditorium, 301 S. Main St. in Nelson
July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1415 California in Superior

Phelps County
July 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Agricultural Center, 1302 Second St. in Holdrege
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at Agriculture Center, 1302 Second St. in Holdrege

Webster County
July 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Community Center, 142 W. 3rd Ave. in Red Cloud

York County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Bible Church, 740 S. Main St. in Henderson

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