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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donors

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The American Red Cross says that donations are down about 10% in June.

They are asking people to 'roll up a sleeve' and give. 

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."


The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

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

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Shelby County 

July 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Foxbridge Assisted Living Community, 2180 Mangum Road in Memphis, Tenn.

July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ben & Jerry's, 5007 Black Road in Memphis, Tenn.

July 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at U.S. Coast Guard, 2 Auction Ave. in Memphis, Tenn.

July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pfizer NASS, 6730 Lenox Center Court in Memphis, Tenn.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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. 



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