Monday, July 15, 2013

Red Cross calls on blood donors to help alleviate summer shortage; blood drive in KCK August 12

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

The Life Care Center of Kansas City, Kan., located at 3231 N. 61st Street, will be hosting a blood drive on August 12. Area residents can donate blood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day.

Type O negative blood is universal and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to both Rh positive or negative patients. Blood products can be used for cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more.

Hospital patients are counting on generous volunteer donors to step up and give now to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available all summer long. Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information and to make an appointment.