Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

American Red Cross Removes Letters To Promote Blood Donations

American Red Cross Removes Letters To Promote Blood Donations

A, B and O are the main blood groups, and when donated A, B and O blood is missing from the shelves of hospitals, patients are impacted.

Andrea Cefarelli, senior executive director of donor recruitment at New York Blood Center, categorized the need for blood as critical. It's also an opportunity to thank the volunteers whose donations of blood save and enhance the lives of people like Jacob.

For the next few weeks, you'll likely notice the letters a, b, and o are vanishing from well-known logos.

What if the letters A, B and O vanished from the alphabet?

The Red Cross launched its "Missing Types" campaign earlier this summer with a goal of bringing awareness to the need for new blood donors in order to reverse a declining donor population.

According to Mani, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds.

Almost half of the public (45 percent) know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion.* Yet only three percent of the US population donates each year. It will help ensure that more people are donating blood and more lives are saved!

The collection centre of focus for this year is the Ocho Rios Baptist Church in St Ann, where donors are able to give blood between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on World Blood Donor Day.

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As schools let out and families begin to vacation, the American Red Cross statistically finds that its blood donations decrease.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients.

"When you're sitting in the hospital bed next to your child and you see they need 7, 8, 9 different blood transfusions, it makes you think". It was incredibly frustrating and eye-opening for Lily's mom, Susie Dotson.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has called on the public to donate blood this summer as these months can be some of the most challenging for the service.

He has asked people to donate before they go on their holidays. "Lily needed blood products just as much as the chemo or the treatment".

For more information and more donation sites and time Visit RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes to schedule your blood donation appointment today.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year.

"Across New Zealand, there are 110,000 active donors, all of whom save the lives of almost 29,000 people around the country every year".

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