YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – After Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Dayton, the American Red Cross in the Mahoning Valley is ready to help out with local blood drives.
Here is a statement from the American Red Cross to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. The American Red Cross is working in close coordination with emergency officials to provide comfort and support to the affected communities. In El Paso specifically, Red Cross volunteers are also supporting a family assistance center. Over the coming days, we will continue to work with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support both communities and the loved ones of those who have been harmed.
We understand that people across the country want to help and we appreciate that support. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support these events. While we do not typically serve hospitals in El Paso or Dayton, the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood and blood products as needed in response to these tragedies.
Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. These tragedies illustrate that it is the blood already on the shelves that helps during an emergency. Unfortunately, fewer blood donors and blood drives during the summer months make it one of the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross is grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country.
“I think people got up this morning and said, ‘Oh my gosh. What can I do to help? In Ohio, what can I do to help?’ And there’s a way you can help — by donating blood,” said Karen Conklin, executive director of the local Red Cross.
Conklin said they are well-prepared for horrific situations like the Dayton mass shooting.
“Once a month, we sit and meet with the Emergency Management Agency and other safety professionals. We are always planning for things that we hope never happen.”
However, Conklin said the blood supply is lower this time of year because students are not in school and families are on vacation.
The Niles Senior Center held a blood drive Sunday.
Allison Pitts, who donated blood, said she is happy to know she’s helping people in need.
“Hearing about the mass shootings, and coming here today and finding out that some of the blood that’s donated today could possibly go to the victims of the mass shooting, it’s a great feeling.”
“If you woke up today to these horrific tragedies and said, ‘OMG, I wish I could help.’ Look up, donate blood and that is how you can help,” Conklin said.
The Red Cross has an app that allows you to be notified when your blood has reached a patient.
There are several blood drives happening in the area over the next couple of weeks:
Monday, August 5
– 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Boardman Park – 375 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman
– 12 to 6 p.m.: Howland Community Church, 198 Niles-Cortland Rd., Warren
– 1 to 6 p.m.: Western Reserve United Methodist Church – 4580 Canfield Rd., Canfield
Tuesday, August 6
– 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Calcutta YMCA, 15655 St. Rt. 170, East Liverpool
– 12 to 6 p.m.: Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren
– 1 to 6 p.m.: First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St., East Palestine
– 2 to 7 p.m.: Elks Lodge 305, 824 E. State St., Salem
Wednesday, August 7
– 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren
– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Salem Healthcare Center, 230 Continental Dr., Salem
– 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Trumbull Regional Medical Center, 1350 E. Market St., Warren
Thursday, August 8
– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Akron Children’s Hospital, 6505 Market St., Boardman
– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: South Range High School, 11300 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield
Friday, August 9
– 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Poland Library, 311 S. Main St., Poland
– 1 to 7 p.m.: Salem Community Center, 1098 Ellsworth Ave., Salem
Saturday, August 10
– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Trumbull Regional Medical Center, 1350 E. Market St., Warren
Monday, August 12
– 1 to 6 p.m.: St. Christine’s Parish, 3165 Schenley Ave., Youngstown
Tuesday, August 13
– 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: HMS, 1500 Geoffrey Tr., Youngstown
– 2 to 6 p.m.: Church Hill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Rd., Youngstown
Wednesday, August 14
– 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.: North Lima Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Ave., North Lima
Thursday, August 15
– 12 to 5 p.m.: Grace AME Church, 1137 Main St. SW, Warren
– 1 to 6 p.m.: Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Rd., Youngstown
– 1 to 6 p.m.: Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Rd., Canfield
– 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St., Canfield
Saturday, August 17
– 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Cortland Masonic Lodge, 3263 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland
– 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman
– 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Austintown Library, 600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown
You can register to donate blood or see more blood drives on the American Red Cross website or on the Red Cross Blood Donor app.