Critical blood shortage: Utah Red Cross desperate for blood and platelet donations

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The American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. (Photo courtesy redcross.org)

The American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. (Photo courtesy redcross.org)

The American Red Cross says there continues to be a “critical blood shortage,” even after a call for blood donations in July.

The American Red Cross is once again issuing a cry of help for any eligible donors to give now and help them reach the needs of patients throughout the rest of the summer.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand, which is the minimum the Red Cross maintains in order to meet the patients needs. Unexpected emergencies can deplete the supply quicker, making it essential for more than a five-day blood supply being stored.

“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Tammy Nakamura, external communications manager of the Lewis & Clark Blood Services Region, in a press release. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

The American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide relief for victims of disaster; it provides 40 percent of the nation’s blood.

To encourage people to donate, the Red Cross will email donors a $5 Amazon gift card claim code to say thank you to those who donate between July 25 and Aug. 31. They need all blood types.

If you are eligible to donate blood, you can find a location near you at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPassonline health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times. Below is the schedule for Utah County blood donation centers for the American Red Cross:

 
American Fork
8/4/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Fork Hospital, 170 North 1100 East
8/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Fork Hillcrest Stake, 700 North 350 West (Bowery)
8/15/2016: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thrive Life, 691 S. Automall Drive
 
Cedar Hills
8/5/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Cedar Hills West Stake, 4580 West Cedar Hills Drive
 
Eagle Mountain
7/28/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain Utah East Stake, 4105 E Smith Ranch Rd
 
Highland
8/13/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Highland Utah South Stake, 9621 No 6050 West
 
Lehi
7/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Vivint, 2919 Ashton Boulevard
7/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lehi Utah Gateway Stake Coppertop Building, 1364 West 1870 North
7/30/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lehi Utah Traverse Mountain Stake, 2030 West Chapel Ridge
8/2/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Solutionreach, 2912 Executive Parkway, Suite 300
 
Lindon
7/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Vivint, 500 South 500 West
 
Orem
7/25/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
7/26/2016: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Orem, 901 North 1200 West
7/26/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
7/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
7/28/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
7/29/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
 
Orem 
7/30/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Orem Utah Timpview Stake, 1240 North 950 West
 
Orem
8/1/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/2/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/3/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
 
Orem 
8/3/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Orem Northridge Stake, 150 East 1750 North
 
Orem
8/4/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/5/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/6/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/9/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/9/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Orem Sunset Heights Stake, 1260 South 400 West
8/10/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch, 510 Timpanogos Pkwy., Building S
8/10/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Orem Stake, 80 South 280 East
8/12/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
8/13/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Francis Church, 65 East 500 North
8/15/2016: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Orem Blood Donation Center, 384 East University Parkway
 
Provo
7/26/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Progrexion-Provo, 2155 North Freedom Blvd
7/26/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Provo Utah  Parkway Stake, 3110 W 1390 N
7/27/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Vivint, 4907 N 300 W
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Provo City Library, 550 N University Ave
8/1/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Novell-Provo, 1800 South Novell Place
8/3/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Provo City Offices, 351 West Center
8/6/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., North Park Stake, 1066 West 200 North
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Startup Crossing Apartments, 575 S Freedom Blvd
8/9/2016: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Utah State Hospital, 1300 East Center
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Oakhills Stake, 925 East North Temple Drive
8/11/2016: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Results Companies, 235 East 1600 South
 
Salem
7/28/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Salem Utah West Stake, 60 S. Main Street
8/9/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stokes Fresh Market, 795 N State Road 198
 
Spanish Fork
7/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Spanish Fork Utah Canyon View Stake – Cultural Hall, 989 S. 2550 E.
7/30/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fresh Market, 652 North 800 East
8/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Spanish Fork Utah Palmyra Stake, 505 E. 900 N.
8/15/2016: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Department of Workforce Services – Spanish Fork, 1185 N. Canyon Creek Parkway, (1185 N. Chapel Dr. previous street name)
 
Springville
7/29/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hobblecreek Stake, 495 S. Canyon Dr. (1300 E)
8/5/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Kolob Stake, 840 S. 400 E.
8/10/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Springville Utah Dry Creek Stake, 1157 West 900 South
8/11/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Springcreek Stake, 760 North 400 East
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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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