As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months, the American Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year.
The ongoing effects of COVID-19 and a summer spike in delta variant cases significantly challenged the nation’s blood supply heading into the fall. The pandemic also resulted in fewer blood drives at schools and colleges, contributing to a 34% drop in new blood donors from last year, one of the largest year-to-year decreases. Locally, the Missouri-Arkansas Red Cross Region has experienced a 13.4% decrease in new blood donors this year.
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
All those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be entered for a chance to win a private screening for the winner and 50 of their guests of “The Matrix Resurrections.” Those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will also get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Nov. 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Warsaw, 31687 Highway 83 in Warsaw.
Nov. 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 207 N. Owen in California.
Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 101 W. Lamine in Lincoln.
Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Road in Clinton.
Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Missouri Valley College Ferguson Center, 500 E. College in Marshall.
Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Road in Clinton.
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