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The American Red Cross issues an emergency call and WDBJ7 steps in to help

Published On: Jul 12 2013 06:34:10 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 08:33:50 AM EDT

Telling us more about this effort is WDBJ7 Mornin's Melissa Gaona, she joins us live from Roanoke.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors.

Blood donations are down about 10 percent in June.

WDBJ7 will try to help out by hosting a blood drive at the station on Monday, July 15th, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules.

High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year.

Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.

In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July.

Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long.

Each day, the American Red Cross Appalachian Blood Region needs approximately 200-250 donors to step forward and give blood.

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.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.

07/12/13        Lynchburg Blood Donation Center 1900 Tate Springs Rd    Lynchburg       VA      24501   Lynchburg City  12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/12/13        CCDF Blood Ministry     2130 Dry Pond Hwy       Stuart  VA      24171   Patrick 1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/12/13        Rockbridge Area Relief Association      350 Spottswood Drive    Lexington       VA      24450   Lexington City  12:30 pm -  4:30 pm

07/12/13        Wal-Mart        345 Commonwealth Drive  Wytheville      VA      24382   Wythe   2:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/13/13        Concord Rescue Squad    12605 Richmond Highway  Concord VA      24538   Campbell        9:00 am -  1:00 pm

07/13/13        Main Office     2821 Sylvatus Hwy       Hillsville      VA      24343   Carroll 9:00 am -  2:00 pm

07/15/13        Bethlehem United Meth Church    13586 Moneta Road       Moneta  VA      24121   Bedford 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/15/13        Community Building      261 Main Street Brookneal       VA      24528   Campbell        1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/15/13        American Legion Post 126        1953 Magnolia Ave.      Buena Vista     VA      24416   Buena Vista City        12:30 pm -  6:00 pm

07/15/13        WDBJ 7 Television       2807 Hershberger Road   Roanoke VA      24019   Roanoke 11:00 am -  5:00 pm

07/15/13        WDBJ 7 Television       2807 Hershberger Road   Roanoke VA      24019   Roanoke 11:00 am -  5:00 pm

07/15/13        Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center    352 Church Avenue SW    Roanoke VA      24016   Roanoke City    12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/16/13        Clifford Baptist Church 635 Fletchers Level Road        Amherst VA      24521   Amherst 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/16/13        Midway Baptist Church   2595 Midway Road        Phenix  VA      23959   Charlotte       12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/16/13        Bonsack Baptist Church  4845 Cloverdale Road    Roanoke VA      24019   Roanoke 2:00 pm -  7:00 pm

07/16/13        Grove United Methodist Church   1020 Tyler Ave. Radford VA      24141   Radford City    1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/16/13        New River Valley Blood Donation Center  250 South Main Street   Blacksburg      VA      24060   Montgomery      12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/17/13        Russell County Conference Ctr   139 High Land Drive     Lebanon VA      24266   Russell 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/17/13        Waynesboro Free Methodist Church        600 Hopeman Parkway     Waynesboro      VA      22980   Waynesboro City 2:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/17/13        Cave Spring United Meth Ch      4505 Hazel Drive        Roanoke VA      24018   Roanoke 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/17/13        SW Virginia MHI/ Rehab building 340 Bagley Circle       Marion  VA      24354   Smyth   10:00 am -  4:00 pm

07/18/13        American Legion Bldg    Route 617       Grundy  VA      24614   Buchanan        11:00 am -  5:00 pm

07/18/13        Ebenezer CME Church     2309 N Main Street      South Boston    VA      24592   Halifax 1:30 pm -  5:30 pm

07/18/13        Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center    352 Church Avenue SW    Roanoke VA      24016   Roanoke City    7:30 am -  1:30 pm

07/19/13        Wal-mart 2565   197 Madison Heights     Madison Heights VA      24572   Amherst 1:30 pm -  5:30 pm

07/19/13        Lynchburg Blood Donation Center 1900 Tate Springs Rd    Lynchburg       VA      24501   Lynchburg City  12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/19/13        Boones Mill Christian Church    7950 Grassy Hill Drive  Boones Mill     VA      24065   Franklin        1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/19/13        Independence VFW Bldg   72 Klondike Rd. Independence    VA      24348   Grayson 12:00 pm -  5:00 pm

07/19/13        American Legion 338 N Washington Ave    Pulaski VA      24301   Pulaski 1:00 pm -  5:00 pm

07/19/13        Brian Center Rehab      100 Alleghany Regional Hospital Lane    Low Moor        VA      24457   Alleghany       1:00 pm -  5:00 pm

07/20/13        Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church        1090 Mollies Creek Rd   Gladys  VA      24554   Campbell        9:00 am -  1:00 pm

07/20/13        Crossroads Ruritan      7155 Dry Hill Road      Ferrum  VA      24088   Franklin        8:00 am -  1:00 pm

07/20/13        Morning Star Baptist Church     1513 Rorer Ave SW       Roanoke VA      24016   Roanoke City    9:00 am -  1:00 pm

07/22/13        Church of Jesus Christ of  LDS  Route 460       Pembroke        VA      24136   Giles   3:00 pm -  7:00 pm

07/22/13        Amelon United Methodist Ch      220 Amelon Road Madison Heights VA      24572   Amherst 1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/22/13        Victory Way Baptist Church      500 E. Main St. Hillsville      VA      24343   Carroll 11:00 am -  5:00 pm

07/22/13        Living Waters Assembly of God   34 Honeywood Road       Rocky Mount     VA      24151   Franklin        1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/22/13        Eagle Rock Fire House   14630 Church St Eagle Rock      VA      24085   Botetourt       1:00 pm -  5:00 pm

07/22/13        Suntrust Bank   915 Hardy Road  Vinton  VA      24179   Roanoke 2:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/22/13        Roanoke Valley Blood Donation Center    352 Church Avenue SW    Roanoke VA      24016   Roanoke City    12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/23/13        Forest Road United Meth Ch      2805 Old Forest Road    Lynchburg       VA      24501   Lynchburg City  2:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/23/13        Forest Presbyterian Church      1226 Two Church Lane    Forest  VA      24551   Bedford 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/23/13        Calvary United Methodist Ch     845 Hemlock Road        Salem   VA      24153   Salem City      9:00 am -  2:00 pm

07/23/13        Starling Avenue Bapt Church     932 Starling Ave.       Martinsville    VA      24112   Martinsville City       1:00 pm -  5:30 pm

07/23/13        Marion Baptist Church   1258 N. Main St.        Marion  VA      24354   Smyth   12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/23/13        Clock Tower Building    300 Franklin St.        Martinsville    VA      24112   Martinsville City       10:00 am -  2:00 pm

07/23/13        New River Valley Blood Donation Center  250 South Main Street   Blacksburg      VA      24060   Montgomery      12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

PLATELET DONATION LOCATIONS AND HOURS:
Roanoke Red Cross
352 Church Avenue, SW
Roanoke, VA 24016

Sunday 6:15-4pm
Monday 11:45am-8:30pm
Tuesday  11:45am-8:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am-6:00pm
Thursday 6:45am-4pm
Friday 6:45am-4pm
Saturday 6:45-4pm

Blacksburg Red Cross
250 South Main Street
Suite 20
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Sunday 6:15am-4pm
Monday 6:45am-6pm
Tuesday  6:45am-6pm
Wednesday 6:45am-6pm
Friday 6:45am-4pm
Saturday 6:45-4pm

Lynchburg Red Cross
Tate Springs Medical Complex
1900 Tate Springs Road
Lynchburg VA 24501

Monday 8:15am-6pm
Tuesday  8:15am-6pm
Thursday 6:45am-4pm
Friday 6:45am-4pm
Saturday 6:45-4pm

For more on blood drives and how to donate, click here.