Red Cross

The American Red Cross needs your blood. The organization in recent weeks faced critical shortages, especially that of type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. 

“With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be directly impacted,” read a May 14 press release by Red Cross External Communications Manager Joe Zydlo. 

Community members interested in saving lives can donate blood at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13, inside the Ozark Community Center’s River Room. The OC is located at 1530 W. Jackson St. 

American Red Cross Account Manager Tyler Tharp hopes the drive receives god turnout. He said about a quarter of the organization’s blood supply comes from schools. When they close in the summer, there is no opportunity to host blood drives there.

“A lot of our regular donors are busier in the summer months as well, as they are taking care of their kids that are home, or they are traveling on family vacations,” Tharp said. “Our older donors are also more hesitant to get out and donate blood, too, once the temperatures get really warm.”

Demand for blood tends to increase in the warmer month.

“In the summer, there tends to be more accidents as well, which increases the need for blood products,” Tharp said.

The public can call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment to donate blood on their own time, too. To donate, you must weigh 110 pounds, be in good health and present an ID. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org.

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