Red Cross Declares Emergency Shortage After Difficult Holiday Week

FREMONT -The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets from all eligible donors of all blood types, but especially type O donors after the Independence day holiday week disrupted donations across the nation.

Donation drives were down by nearly 600 events last week when compared to a typical week, as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This equates to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed – meaning that blood is now being distributed to hospitals at a greater rate than it’s being donated.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

The need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and it’s usually the first to be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type, meaning it can be transfused into any patient by emergency room personnel when there’s no time to determine the blood type of a critical care patient. Type O positive blood is the most common blood type, and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type, A+, B+ or O+.

 How to help

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Upcoming Blood Drives


7/14/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Board of Realtors Fremont, 900 North Clarkson Street, Southwest Parking Lot

7/23/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., City Auditorium, 925 No. Broad St., PO Box 669

7/24/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., City Auditorium, 925 No. Broad St., PO Box 669

7/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 3400 E. 16th St.

North Bend

7/19/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., City Auditorium, 741 Main St


7/10/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Oak Ballroom, Hwy 15 and Higgins Drive

7/13/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., SCS Field House, 200 W 10th Street


7/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Oakland NE Fire Station, 500 N Oakland Ave

Cedar Bluffs

7/24/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 300 S 2nd St


7/28/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Arlington Fairgrounds, 23656 Highway 30, Fairgrounds


7/9/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 2146 Wright St.

7/14/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street

7/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Community, 2242 Wright St.

7/31/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Woodhouse Chrysler, 2171 S. Hwy 30