Charlotte, NC – While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

 At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that donate_blood_rotatorhospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

Every two seconds

In the U.S., every two seconds someone like Ray Poulin needs blood or platelets. Poulin’s liver and kidneys failed following a serious blood infection. The situation became urgent when his liver hemorrhaged. He was given a 10 percent chance of survival. After receiving 77 units of blood, Poulin defied the odds.

“There was a lot that went into saving my life, but if the blood wasn’t available when I needed it, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Poulin.

Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
All blood types urgently needed

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 27-Aug. 15

American Red Cross Huntersville Blood Donation Center, 9800 W. Kincey Ave. Suite 110
Monday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
American Red Cross Charlotte Blood Donation Center, 2425 Park Road
Monday and Tuesday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 2 to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NORTH CAROLINA

Alexander
Hiddenite
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Pisgah United Methodist, 488 Hill Farm Road
Taylorsville
8/3/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 4005 NC-16 (North)
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Millersville Baptist Church, 130 Millersville Church Road

Burke
Morganton
7/28/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., City Hall, City Hall, 305 E. Union St.
8/4/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., US Post Office Morganton, 320 Sanford Drive
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Mt Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt Home Church Road
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., J. Iverson Riddle Development Center, 300 Enola Road

Cabarrus
Concord
7/27/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chick Fil A – Concord Mills, 8020 Concord Mills Blvd.
8/1/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., 24/7 Total Fitness Concord, 1749 Trinity Church Road
Kannapolis
8/12/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Academy Sports, 2211 Elder Lane

Caldwell
Collettsville
8/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Collettsville Ruritan Building, 4330 Collettsville Road

 Granite Falls
8/4/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Granite Falls, 9 Lakeside Ave.
8/11/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Baton United Methodist Church, 1034 Dry Ponds Road
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., New Vision Baptist Fellowship, 4858 Grace Chapel Road

 Hudson
7/28/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 352 Central St.
Lenoir
8/2/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement #1509, 1201 Hickory Blvd. SE
8/4/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Caldwell Memorial Hospital, 321 Mulberry St. SW

 Patterson
8/8/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yadkin Baptist Church, 2044 Roby Martin Road

Catawba
7/28/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1648 Shiloh Road

Claremont
8/2/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Road

Conover
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Concordia Lutheran, Concordia Lutheran Church, 215 5th Avenue SE

Hickory
7/31/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Family Video, 1511 29th Avenue NE
8/2/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Lakeview Baptist Church, 4080 North Center St.
8/9/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Church Road
8/15/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, 3702 16th Street NE
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 North Center St.

Maiden
7/28/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Papa’s Pizza To Go, 201 Island Ford Road # C

Newton
8/4/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt Olive Church Road
8/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Agricultural Resource Center, 1175 South Brady Ave.

Cleveland
Grover
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 403 Cleveland Ave.

Gaston
Belmont
7/29/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvemnet, 200  Caldwell Farm Road

Gastonia
8/1/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Parkwood Baptist Church Gastonia, 1720 E Garrison Blvd.

Mount Holly
8/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 Catawba Ave.

Iredell
Harmony
7/31/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Harmony United Methodist, 136 W. Memorial Highway

Mooresville
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Primrose of Lake Norman, 173 raceway Drive

Statesville
7/27/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Statesville Public Library, 201 Tradd St.
8/2/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., 24/7 Total Fitness Statesville, 121 Mt. Herman Road
8/5/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Home Care & Hospice, 1308 Davie Ave.
8/8/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Yadkin Baptist- IMO Tommy Daniels, 2980 Wilkesboro Highway
8/8/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Beulah Baptist, 1851 Old Mountain Road
8/12/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Davis Regional Medical Center, 218 Old Mocksville Road

Union Grove
8/7/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Union Grove Christian Church, 1851 W. Memorial Highway

Mecklenburg

Charlotte
7/28/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Temple International Church-ARC bus, 3201 Tuckaseegee Road
7/29/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Lowe’s 1920, 8826 Albemarle Road
7/30/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 517 Baldwin Ave.
7/30/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Gaffney Health Services, 4935 Albemarle Road
7/31/2016: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road
8/5/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, 7025 The Plaza
8/5/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Verizon, 110 McCullough Drive
8/7/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Naval Reserve, 6115 North Hills Circle
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Department of Social Services, 301 Billingsley Road
8/11/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hood Hargett Insurance Company, 132 North McDowell St.
8/14/2016: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St.
8/14/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road
8/14/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 1600 Mallard Creek Church Road

Huntersville
8/8/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Next Level Readiness, 12810 S. Old Statesville Road
8/10/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Huntersville Blood Donation Center, 9800 Kincey Avenue, Suite 110

Matthews
8/6/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, 3316 Pleasant Plains Road
8/12/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Chick-fil-A Matthews, 9905 Matthews Park Drive

Mint Hill
8/6/2016: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Philadelphia Presbyterian, 11501 Bain School Road

Montgomery
Candor
8/10/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Macedonia Presbyterian, 3269 Candor Troy Road

Richmond
Rockingham
8/1/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Family Video Rockingham, 1327 Fayetville Road

Union
Indian Trail
8/15/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Workout Anytime – Indian Trail, 5850 West Highway 74

Monroe
8/1/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Zion United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Fish Road
8/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Hope Second Advent Christian, 6804 Morgan Mill Road
8/10/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., American Red Cross Chapter Monroe, 608 East Franklin St.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Lancaster
7/27/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A Lancaster, 901 Highway 9 Bypass West
8/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Church of Good Shepherd, 1005 University Drive
8/15/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., White Springs Baptist Church, 1249 Grace Ave.

York
Fort Mill
8/3/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kuester, 127 Ben Casey Drive
8/7/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fort Mill Moose Lodge, 1676 Harris Road

Rock Hill
8/5/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., York County Library System, 138 East Black St.
8/15/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 200 Piedmont Blvd.

York
8/11/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 1184 N. Shiloh Road

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.