Blood drive scheduled in Greencastle Monday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

American Red Cross officials state that blood inventories remain low, approximately 50 to 80 percent below sufficient levels, prompting this area’s Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region to continue an emergency donor appeal.

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle.

The American Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to increase blood inventory levels. All blood types are needed, but types O positive, O negative, A positive and A negative are experiencing particularly high demand.

“We are working to avoid a potential crisis for patients at the more than 90 hospitals we serve,” stated John Hagins, CEO.  “Donor turnout has improved since we announced the emergency appeal last week; however, it may take weeks of strong donor turnout to fully replenish supplies at hospitals and our regional reserves. Without your continuing help, patients are at risk for not receiving the transfusions they need.”

The Greater Alleghenies Region announced its emergency donor appeal on September 15, citing the cumulative effect of the summertime seasonal drop in blood donations and the cancellation of dozens of blood drives up and down the east coast in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and other storms, resulting in the shortfall of several thousand blood donations.

Individuals can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-700-733-2767) or go online at www.redcrossblood.org to find blood drives in their area and schedule an appointment. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-in donors are welcome.

Those who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in many states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

Those with specific eligibility questions should call the Red Cross Donor Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. Many donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.

Individuals may also follow the Red Cross on Twitter: www.twitter.com/redcrossGAR

The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five-dozen blood products and related services, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.