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American Red Cross
Published: 26 February 2019

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

 

The Importance of Type O Blood

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Having a readily available blood supply is critical for patients like Luna Giles, who at the age of 1 1/2 has already undergone two heart surgeries and required over a dozen transfusions.

“Each time the nurse would bring in a bag of blood for her transfusion, I noticed a small label on each one that said ‘Donation Type: Volunteer,’” said Luna’s mom, Jessie Giles. “It made me think about each individual who donated blood for my daughter. I would never know who those individuals were, and they would never see the effect their donation had.

"But each of those individuals, strangers to us, absolutely saved my daughter's life. They may never know it, but to me, they are heroes.”

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone

red cross got teeTo celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history – with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S.

As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones.

Additionally, those who come to donate March 7-12 will also receive Game of Thrones T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.

 

Blood Donation Opportunities Now Through March 17

Portland

  • 2/27/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 2/27/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Marquis Companies, 4560 SE International Way, Suite 100
  • 2/27/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee
  • 2/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/1/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St Ignatius Catholic Church, 3400 SE 43rd AVE
  • 3/3/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fred Meyer NW 20th & Burnside, 100 NW 20th Place
  • 3/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., OR Public Health Services, 800 NE Oregon Street
  • 3/4/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cascade Station Corporate Center I, 9600 NE Cascades Pkwy
  • 3/4/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/5/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Meier and Frank Depot Building, 1417 NW Everett St
  • 3/5/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lloyd 700, 700 NE Multnomah
  • 3/5/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/5/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Gateway Center, 1111 NE 102nd Ave
  • 3/6/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., First & Main, 100 SW Main St
  • 3/6/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., PCC Downtown Center, 722 SW 2nd Ave
  • 3/6/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., H&R Block, 2700 NE Sandy Blvd.
  • 3/6/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/7/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/8/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Yeon Building, 522 SW 5th Avenue
  • 3/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., CherryWood Village Retirement Community, 1417 SE 107th Ave
  • 3/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lloyd Center Mall, 2201 Lloyd Center #1010
  • 3/9/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 25 N Rosa Parks Way
  • 3/10/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hilton Downtown, 921 SW Sixth Avenue
  • 3/11/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co., 724 NE 22nd Avenue
  • 3/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/13/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., VA Medical Center Portland, 3710 SW US Veterans Road
  • 3/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Portland Christian School, 12425 NE San Rafeal
  • 3/13/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/13/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., St. Clare Catholic Church, 8535 SW 19th
  • 3/14/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/15/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/16/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave
  • 3/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., New Seasons Raleigh, 2170 NW Raleigh St
  • 3/17/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southwest Portland Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Avenue

 Visit RedCrossBlood.org for more dates and locations.

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