Blood donors needed
The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors
The people of America need to volunteer. Right now, the American Red Cross is in a state of emergency and is in need of lifesaving blood during the ongoing severe blood shortage. According to an American Red Cross press release, “Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now”.
As of late, there has become a more significant need for donated blood throughout the country. According to an American Red Cross press release “The Red Cross is distributing 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. versus this time last year. That means we need to collect 1,000 more units each day to meet hospital demand”.
This figure is also growing rapidly in the state of Montana. The Red Cross provides more than 30 hospitals throughout the state and needs more donations now than ever to do so. American Red Cross Regional Communications Director Matthew Ochsner believes the reasoning for the uptick in need for blood donations is twofold. “Nationwide, we're seeing an increased demand for blood products as hospitals perform elective surgeries that were delayed because of the COVID pandemic. Hospitals also tend to see a rise in trauma cases and emergency room visits during the summer season,” Ochsner said.
In a significant attempt to encourage donations, the American Red Cross is offering some very unique prizes. All donors who give blood from August 1-15 will automatically be entered for a chance to an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (according to an American Red Cross Press Release). Also, those who donate blood during that same period will receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music.
The American Red Cross is giving everyone a chance to volunteer and help someone in need by donating blood. Ochsner believes that every donation can truly have a monumental impact, “There's no better feeling than walking out the door after you've donated, knowing that you helped save someone's life. A blood donation takes less than an hour from start to finish, and a single donation can save up to three lives. Cancer patients, accident victims, expecting moms and countless others depend on this blood every day, and you can help be their lifeline,” Ochsner said.
If you are interested in finding a blood drive near you and would like to schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-REDCROSS. The rules and regulations of donating blood can also be found at https://RedCrossBlood.org.
The times and locations of the upcoming blood drives in Gallatin County can be seen below.
8/10/2021: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., First Security Bank at Red Cross Blood Donor Center, 300 N. Willson Ave.
8/10/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Department of Fish Wildlife Parks, 1400 S. 19th Ave.
8/13/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fuel Fitness & Nutrition, 2125 Boot Hill Court
8/12/2021: 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 124 2nd Ave. E.