Car accidents.

Cancer treatments.

Emergency surgeries.

These things don’t stop for the holidays. Neither does the need for blood. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to give now to help ensure blood remains available this holiday season for vital medical treatments and unforeseen emergencies.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

Looming shortfall of blood drives could impair patient care

Oct. 8, 2018 — Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. To help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood donations and prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is urging individuals and organizations to be winter heroes by hosting and supporting a blood drive.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross is reminding the community that a blood donation is one way to help bring hope and healing to those fighting cancer and other illnesses- the perfect time to give blood and platelets at donation centers to support cancer patients and others.

Sept. 5 is National Blood Donation Day. The American Red Cross invites the community to help save lives at blood drives planned the week of National Blood Donation Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. For the third consecutive year, media personality Dr. Daliah Wachs has worked to enlist all 50 states in promoting blood donation.

Attached is a news release with more information. 

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Thousands of children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many will need blood products regularly during treatment. The American Red Cross, along with our partner Sport Clips Haircuts – a proud supporter of childhood cancer research, is urging eligible donors to help kids kick cancer by giving blood during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. In thanks, those who come to give blood Sept.

(May 21, 2018) — The American Red Cross is counting on volunteer donors to give blood and help ensure patient needs can be met this summer.

Around Memorial Day, the Red Cross sees a steep decline in blood donations. Busy summer schedules, vacations and school breaks also cause a drop in donations. Accidents and medical emergencies don’t take a summer break – patients need blood every minute, every day.

Severe winter weather, flu disrupting blood donations

ILLINOIS (Feb. 5, 2018) — Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

Donors of all blood types urged to give blood, platelets this holiday season

Illinois (Dec.18, 2017) — The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.

Illinois Market (Sept. 25, 2017) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.