Pennsylvania – The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage, and they urgently need you to give blood or platelets to help avoid running out of lifesaving blood and medical care.

They also need people who are willing to step up and host blood drives at local community centers and churches.

During September and October, the Red Cross collected more than 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Fewer blood drives in September and October coupled with hurricanes Michael and Florence, which caused thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected, were key contributing factors to the current blood shortage.

“This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without your generosity,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “From traumas to ongoing cancer treatments, the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays. People can give back – and help those in need – by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation now and hosting a blood drive in the weeks to come.”

An additional 4,300 blood drives nationally are needed in December, January and February to help stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter. Donations often decline during the winter holidays when many groups postpone blood drives while regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations contributing to fewer donations than needed.

To encourage donations around the Thanksgiving holiday, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross Nov. 21-24 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

How to help

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass, are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

 

Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this winter, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

 

Who blood donations help

Kylee Durham, 11, had a rare type of vascular tumor in her right jaw bone. When the tumor ruptured in August, the hemorrhage caused Kylee to lose so much blood that she needed two units of blood before an emergency embolization surgery to stop the bleeding. She required additional transfusions during surgery and received a total of eight units of blood, or about the total blood volume of an average adult, over a 12-hour period.

 

The surgery was successful, and Kylee had a partial resection of her jaw a couple of days after the embolization to remove the tumor. Now a few months post-surgery, Kylee is back at home, enjoying middle school and spending time doing the things she loves. Her mother, Brittany Durham, is grateful for the donors who helped save Kylee’s life.

 

“If it weren’t for blood donors, my daughter would not be alive. She nearly lost all of her blood. Blood donors saved her life,” said Durham. “My dad has been a blood donor for years, and my whole family now are blood donors in honor of Kylee. I encourage people on a daily basis to go out and donate blood.”

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 13-Dec. 15

 

MARYLAND

Allegany

 

Cresaptown

12/7/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Career and Technology Center, 14211 McMullen Highway

 

Cumberland

11/19/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street

11/20/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Allegany High School, 900 Seton Drive

11/28/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road SE

11/29/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 1222 Vocke Road

12/3/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street

12/4/2018: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Thomas B. Finan Center, 10102 Country Club Road SE

12/13/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s LaVale, 1211 National Highway

12/14/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Memorial Heights Baptist Church, 1419  E Oldtown Road

 

Frostburg

11/27/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Frostburg State University, 101 Braddock Road

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Garrett

 

Accident

11/19/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 209 N Main Street, PO Box 171

 

Grantsville

12/10/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Grantsville Fire Hall, 178 Springs Rd

 

Mc Henry

11/27/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Garrett College CARC, 687 Mosser Road

 

Oakland

11/20/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gortner Union Church, 4391 Mason School Rd

PENNSYLVANIA

Bedford

 

Bedford

12/14/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bedford Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 9391 Lincoln Highway

 

Everett

11/21/2018: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Bedford Memorial, 10455 Lincoln Highway

12/10/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church, 203 Drive In Lane

 

Loysburg

12/13/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Northern Bedford High School, 152 NBC Drive

 

Saxton

12/7/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Saxton Fire Hall, 8th and Norris Street, 504 8th Street

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Blair

 

Altoona

11/13/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave

11/20/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave

11/27/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave

11/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Altoona Career & Technology Center, 1500 Fourth Avenue

12/4/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave

12/5/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Penn State University Slep Student Center, 3000 Ivyside Park

12/11/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Altoona Blood Donation Center, 415 Orchard Ave

12/11/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Altoona Masonic Hall, 600 Jackson Avenue

 

Claysburg

11/21/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Operation Services Center, 243 Sheetz Way

 

Hollidaysburg

11/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Stuckey Ford Subaru, 500 Broad Street

12/11/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hollidaysburg Masonic Lodge, 1008 Edgar Street

 

Tyrone

11/26/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church, 6444 Kettle Road

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Cambria

 

Ashville

11/28/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashville VFW, Main Street

 

Cresson

11/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Aloysius Church, 7911 Admiral Peary Hwy

 

Ebensburg

11/26/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., First United Church of Christ, 217 E. High Street

 

Fallentimber

12/10/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Assembly of God Church, 749 Executive Drive

 

Flinton

11/21/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Glendale Area High School, 1466 Beaver Valley Road

 

Johnstown

11/16/2018: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Ferndale High School, 600 Harlan Avenue

11/16/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnstown Blood Donor Center, 250 Jari Drive

11/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnstown Blood Donor Center, 250 Jari Drive

11/23/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 1000 Scalp Avenue

11/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Galleria Mall, 500 Galleria Drive

11/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Richland High School, 1 Academic Ave

11/30/2018: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bach Wellness Center, 25 Osborne Street

11/30/2018: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Conemaugh Health System, 1086 Franklin Street

11/30/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnstown Blood Donor Center, 250 Jari Drive

12/7/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnstown Blood Donor Center, 250 Jari Drive

12/14/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnstown Blood Donor Center, 250 Jari Drive

 

Lilly

12/7/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church, 608 Main Street

 

Loretto

12/6/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, 321 St Mary Street

 

Nicktown

11/28/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Nicholas Church Hall, 203 St Henry Street

 

Patton

11/26/2018: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion, 716 5th Avenue

11/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cambria Heights High School, 426 Glendale Lake Road

 

Portage

11/23/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Holy Family Church Hall, 509 Caldwell Avenue

 

Summerhill

12/4/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., New Germany Grove Hall, 1635 New Germany Road

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Centre

 

Bellefonte

11/21/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place

12/1/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. John Parochial School, 134 East Bishop Street

12/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centre Crest, 502 East Howard Street

 

Boalsburg

12/6/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Boalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, 113 E Pine Street

 

Centre Hall

11/29/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Old Fort American Legion, 2829 Penns Valley Pike

 

Howard

12/12/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Howard Fire Hall, 14 Walnut Street

 

Philipsburg

11/13/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church Reed Hall, 121 South Front Street

 

Pine Grove Mills

12/13/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Ferguson Township Lions Club, 424 West Pine Grove Road

 

Port Matilda

11/20/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Halfmoon Christian Fellowship, 1776 Halfmoon Valley Road

 

Rebersburg

12/11/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Miles Township Fire Hall, 102 Broad Street

 

State College

11/26/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Nittany Medical Center, 1800 East Park Avenue

12/12/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Penn State IT, Technology Support Building, 300 Science Park Rd.

12/14/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Nittany Post 245, 1950 Pine Hall Rd.

 

University Park

11/13/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Penn State University HUB, Hetzel Union Building, Pollock Road

11/14/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Penn State University HUB, Hetzel Union Building, Pollock Road

11/15/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Penn State University HUB, Hetzel Union Building, Pollock Road

12/4/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Penn State Beaver Stadium, North University Drive and East Park Avenue

12/5/2018: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Business Building, Smeal Business Building

12/6/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Penn State Hetzel Union Building, Hetzel Union Building

12/11/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Penn Stater Hotel, 109 Penn Stater Hotel, Innovation Drive, Innovation Park

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Clarion

 

Clarion

11/27/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Gemmell Student Center, Wilson Avenue

12/3/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clarion American Legion, 530 E Main Street

 

Knox

11/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Keystone High School, 700 Beatty Ave

 

New Bethlehem

11/16/2018: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Redbank Valley High School, 920 Broad Street

 

Rimersburg

11/30/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Union High School, 354 Baker Street

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Clearfield

 

Clearfield

11/16/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1010 Dorey Street

12/7/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1010 Dorey Street

 

Curwensville

12/10/2018: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St Timothy’s Catholic Church, 306 Walnut Street

 

Du Bois

12/4/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., DuBois Ymca, Parkway Drive

 

Houtzdale

11/14/2018: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Christ the King Parish Center, 123 Good Street

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Huntingdon

 

Huntingdon

11/30/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Valley Community Charter School, 13006 Greenwood Road

12/11/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Huntingdon Area High School Student Council, 2400 Cassady Avenue

12/11/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Huntingdon Regional Fire and Rescue, 11294 Raystown Road

12/12/2018: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., St. James Lutheran Church, 525 Mifflin Street

 

Mount Union

11/28/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Union Fire Company #1, 15 E. Market Street

 

Petersburg

11/29/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bethel Presbyterian Church, 5435 Bethel Road

 

Three Springs

12/3/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Southern Huntingdon High School, 10339 Pogue Road, RR 1, Box 1124, Rte 994

12/6/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ambulance Building, 21301 Church Street

 

Warriors Mark

12/4/2018: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Warriors Mark United Methodist Church, 1840 Centre Line Road, Route 550

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Jefferson

 

Brockway

12/5/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Brockway Volunteer Hose Company, Tracy Way

 

Brookville

11/16/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Evangelical United Methodist Church, 30 S. White Street

 

Reynoldsville

11/19/2018: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Eagles FOE 540, 425 Main Street

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Somerset

 

Berlin

12/10/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Veteran’s Home Association of Berlin, 419 Meadow Street

 

Davidsville

12/3/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Davids Lutheran Church, 401 North Main Street

 

Meyersdale

12/13/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Masonic Temple, 226 Beachley Street

 

Somerset

11/15/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Somerset Area High School, 645 South Columbia Avenue

11/27/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 320 Felgar Road

WEST VIRGINIA

Jefferson

 

Charles Town

11/21/2018: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Gold’s Gym, 64 Somerset Blvd

 

Kearneysville

12/14/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Leetown United Methodist Church, 11133 Leetown Road

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Mineral

 

Burlington

12/12/2018: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, Rt 50

 

Keyser

11/27/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Building, 66 South Main Street

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.