American Red Cross Seeking Blood Donors


Type O red blood cells and AB plasma are "universal" blood components, so named because these components can be transfused to patients of all other blood types and are frequently used in emergency settings.

The Red Cross wants people to recognize some misconceptions about blood donation as the organization looks for more donors.

As part of an worldwide movement, the American Red Cross is launching the Missing Types campaign to recruit new and existing donors to fill an urgent shortage of blood supply.

According to the Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood.

Donors with the blood types B Negative and O Negative are especially encouraged to donate. It's not just blood: it's keeping families together.

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While the SANBS applauds its regular donors, more volunteers are needed to ensure the target of 3 300 units per day is maintained, she adds.

Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Join the movement and find out your blood type this summer. "They don't realize we're relying on their blood donation", said Dotson.

"Across New Zealand, there are 110,000 active donors, all of whom save the lives of almost 29,000 people around the country every year". This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world. It features a free pancake breakfast and everyone who registers to donate will receive a "Vincent Strong" bracelet and the patriotic "Earn Your Stars and Stripes - Donate Blood" t-shirt. This week is also a great occasion for Canadian Blood Services to celebrate 20 years of working with donors to meet patients' needs, and to remind Canadians more blood donors are needed.

Community Blood Center is counting on blood donors and their "Do it yourself" spirit to help build a better blood supply this summer.

"The selfless generosity of blood donors makes a life-saving impact on trauma patients, adults and children fighting cancer, premature babies and those battling blood diseases", says Indiana Blood Center President Charlie Miraglia M.D. Many countries still have a shortage of donors and thus World Blood Donor Day is vital to these countries to raise awareness of blood donation and thus increase supply to save as many lives as possible.