‘Blood supply has become scarce’: Local medical official pleads with people to donate

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(WKBN) – The American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations. There is an ongoing, severe blood shortage and local health leaders are urging people to donate now.

“As a Level I Trauma Center, we treat the most critically injured and ill, patients who are often recipients of blood,” said Dr. James Kravec, chief clinical officer at Mercy Health Youngstown. “Blood supply has become scarce and in order to continue to care for those here in the Valley, we must work hard as a community to ensure our loved ones have the supply should they need.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.

Those who donate at the Red Cross between August 1 and 15 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

“These tickets are a pretty cool gift if you are interested in that type of thing,” said Christy Peters, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross. “We are also giving $10 Amazon gift cars by email through the end of this month as well as a chance to win gas for a year through the end of the month.”

Those who come to donate throughout August will get a free four-month subscription to Apple Music, as long as they’re new subscribers.

In most cases, those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 can still donate blood, although knowing the name of the vaccine’s manufacturer is important in determining eligibility.

You can schedule an appointment to donate blood on the Red Cross’ website.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in our area:

Columbiana County

  • August 2
    • Salem: 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge 305, 824 E. State St.
  • August 3
    • East Palestine: 1 to 6 p.m., First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St.
  • August 13
    • Salem: 1 to 6 p.m., CenterPlex, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Mahoning County

  • August 3
    • Boardman: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Elizabeth Hospital Boardman, 8401 Market St.
  • August 4
    • Boardman: 1 to 7 p.m., Valley Christian Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave.
  • August 5
    • Boardman: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Akron Children’s Hospital, 6505 Market St.
    • Youngstown: 12 to 6 p.m., St. Patrick Church Youngstown, 1420 Oak Hill
  • August 6
    • Poland: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Poland Library, 311 S. Main St.
  • August 7
    • Boardman: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Boardman Public Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave.
    • Austintown: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd.
  • August 11
    • Canfield: 1 to 6 p.m., South Range High School, 11300 Columbiana-Canfield Rd.
  • August 12
    • Canfield: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Rd.

Trumbull County

  • August 3
    • Warren: 12 to 6 p.m., Champion Christian Church, 151 Center St. W.
  • August 4
    • Brookfield: 12 to 6 p.m., Brookfield Fire Department, Route 7
  • August 11
    • Cortland: 12 to 5:30 p.m., Cortland United Methodist Church, 155 N. High St.

In addition to the blood drives above, the Cleveland Browns and the American Red Cross will host the annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive Saturday, July 31 at 12 locations throughout northeast Ohio.

This year, donors will have the opportunity to give at KeyBank Club at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. KeyBank Club is located on the south side of the facility next to the Browns Pro Shop on Alfred Lerner Way. Parking is available at meters in front of the stadium.

All blood donors at each blood drive will receive a Browns T-shirt (while supplies last) and will also have the chance to win Browns memorabilia.

Browns Backers across the nation are also invited to take part in the blood drive for a chance to win. Visit clevelandbrowns.com for instructions on how to record a donation and be entered.

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