Tuesday, June 3, 2014

American Red Cross to host blood drive in Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive later this month at the Wyandotte County Criminal Justice Complex.

Blood can be donated from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on June 25 at the complex, which is located at 710 N. 7th Street.

More information:
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blooddonors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.

While the need for blood remains constant during the summer, donations drop. Between June and August, on average, two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospitals need. This seasonal decline could be overcome if just two additional donors – above what is expected – give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Recently, a patient needed 79 blood products after injuries sustained during a car accident. Thanks to blood donors who gave in the days and weeks prior, blood products were readily available for this patient and thousands of others at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country supported by the Red Cross.

This summer, there are 100 chances to give hope with the Red Cross by giving blood. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment.