The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter. Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history – with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S., including an immersive blood drive experience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses. Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones.*
Additionally, those who come to donate March 7-12 will also receive exclusive Game of Thrones swag including a T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 25-March 31
3/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., EPA Western Ecology Division, 200 SW 35th
3/19/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St
3/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fitness Over 50, 6735 SW Country Club Dr
3/20/2019: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Umpqua Bank Corvallis, 415 NW 3rd St
3/20/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., LDS - Corvallis Stake, 4141 NW Harrison Blvd.
3/20/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bi-Mart Store #604, 2045 NW 9th St
3/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St
3/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bi-Mart Corvallis Philomath, 1555 SW 53rd
3/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ticor Title, 300 Anderson Ave
3/27/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., 7 Devils Brewing Co, 247 S 2nd Street
3/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ken Ware Chevrolet, 1595 Newmark St
3/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Powers High School, 1 High School Hill Rd
3/27/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., City of Coburg, 91136 N Willamette St
3/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fire Station 2 - Whiteaker Station, 1705 W 2nd Ave
3/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Eddyville Charter School, 1 Eddyville School Rd, P.O. Box 68
3/21/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Taft High School, 3780 Spyglass Ridge Drive
3/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 227 NW 12th Street, P.O. Box 1068
3/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 Ferry Slip Road
3/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., JC Market Thriftway, 107 North Coast Hwy
3/20/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Newport High School, 322 NE Eads
3/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Otis Fire Station, 381 Old Scenic Hwy
3/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tribal Health Clinic, 200 Gwee Shut Rd., PO Box 320
3/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 2620 Alsea Hwy 34
3/12/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., National Frozen Foods, 745 30th Ave SW
3/18/2019: 12:15 p.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE
3/20/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., ATI Albany Operations, 530 SW 34th Avenue
3/21/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sportsman's Warehouse, 1351 Waverly Drive SE
3/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 1215 Pacific Blvd SE
3/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bi-Mart Store #606, 2272 SE Santiam Hwy
3/23/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Albany, 2500 Santiam Hwy SE
3/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Linn County Dept. Human Services, 118 SE 2nd Ave
3/26/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Albany General Hospital, 1046 6th Ave SW
3/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., ATI Millersburg, 1600 NE Old Salem Rd, PO Box 460
3/29/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Safeway, 1990 14th Ave SE
3/27/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N Santiam Hwy, PO Box 739
3/13/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Scio High School, 38880 N Main St
3/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 3437, 580 Main Street
3/21/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tangent Rural Fire Department, 32053 Birdfoot Dr
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.