Red Cross looking for donors during critical blood shortage

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The Red Cross said there is a critical shortage of type O blood, with only three days of supplies available

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WKBN) – As the winter months continue, the American Red Cross is urging donors of every blood type to help restock its shelves.

The Red Cross said there is a critical shortage of type O blood, with only three days of supplies available for patient emergencies and medical treatments.

Anka Krakora is a Girard teacher and longtime blood donor. She has donated well over a gallon of her blood in her lifetime and having the day off Monday worked out perfectly for her to donate even more.

“I received this card in the mail on Saturday and I thought, ‘Gee, since I am off from school on Monday,'” Krakora said. “I hope my superintendent is appreciative that I give something back to the community by donating blood.”

The Red Cross now has a Rapid Pass that allows you to speed up the check-in process by answering a lot of the questions online at home beforehand. Krakora’s donating time was 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

“I just brought this Rapid Pass,” she said. “Didn’t have to do any of the questions here. I read the questions in the privacy of my own home and here I am donating.”

Paul Pinto, who’s lived in Canfield for 20 years, is also a regular, longtime donor. He gives blood five or six times a year.

Pinto is also a fan of the Rapid Pass since it can help donors schedule and manage appointments.

“It will even give you what time slots are available and you can just select it, and they will send you an email and put that right into your calendar,” he said.

With the flu spreading across the country, the Red Cross is running low — especially on type O blood. Since a lot of people are getting the flu, that’s also keeping donors from being able to give.

Winter is also a tough time for the Red Cross. Bad weather can cancel blood drives.

About 15 people preregistered for the blood drive at the Weathersfield Fire Department Monday but walk-ins are always welcome at any of the drives.

Both Krakora and Pinto are already looking forward to their next donation day in about two months.

Here are upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Valley:

Columbiana County

Allegheny Wesleyan College
January 27 from 2 to 7 p.m.
2161 Woodsdale Rd., Salem

Leetonia High School
January 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
450 Walnut St., Leetonia

Columbiana Crestview High School
January 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
44100 Crestview Dr., Columbiana

Elks Lodge 305
February 3 from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
824 E. State St., Salem

Mahoning County

Austintown Library
January 21 from 1 to 6 p.m.
600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown

Heritage Presbyterian Church
January 21 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
1951 Mathews Rd., Youngstown

Canfield United Methodist Church
January 21 from 2 to 7 p.m.
27 S. Broad St., Canfield

Zion Lutheran Church
January 24 from 1 to 6 p.m.
10857 Main St., New Middletown

Boardman United Methodist Church
January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6809 Market St., Boardman

St. Christine’s Parish
January 27 from 1 to 6 p.m.
3165 Schenley Ave., Youngstown

Boardman Public Library
January 27 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman

Lowellville High School
January 28 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
52 Rocket Place, Lowellville

Youngstown State University (Kilcawley Center)
January 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1 University Plaza, Youngstown

Poland Library
January 28 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
311 S. Main St., Poland

Youngstown State University (Kilcawley Center)
January 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1 University Plaza, Youngstown

Zion Lutheran Church
January 30 from 1 to 6 p.m.
3300 Canfield Rd., Youngstown

Austintown Library
February 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
600 S. Raccoon Rd., Austintown

Akron Children’s Hospital
February 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
6505 Market St., Boardman

Poland Library
February 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
311 S. Main St., Poland

Old North Church
February 13 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
7105 Herbert Rd., Canfield

Boardman Public Library
February 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7680 Glenwood Ave., Boardman

Trumbull County

Mineral Ridge Fire Department
January 20 from 1 to 6 p.m.
3588 S. Main St., Mineral Ridge

Howland Community Church
January 20 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
198 Niles-Cortland Rd., Warren

Kinsman Presbyterian Church
January 20 from 1:30 to 7 p.m.
6383 Church St., Kinsman

Kent State University Trumbull
January 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4314 Mahoning Ave., Warren

Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital
January 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
8747 Squires Ln. NE, Warren

Mathews High School
January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
4429 Warren-Sharon Rd. NE, Vienna

Fowler Community Church
January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4665 Wilson Sharpsville Rd., Cortland

Braceville United Methodist Church
January 28 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
589 Park Rd. SW, Newton Falls

Niles Senior Center
January 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.
14 E. State St., Niles

Howland Community Church
February 3 from noon to 6 p.m.
198 Niles-Cortland Rd., Warren

Badger High School
February 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7119 OH-7, Kinsman

Champion Presbyterian Church
February 4 from noon to 6 p.m.
4997 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren

Lordstown High School
February 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1824 Salt Springs Rd., Warren

Brookfield Fire Department
February 5 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
774 OH-7, Brookfield Township

Shiloh Full Gospel Church
February 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1310 Shannon Rd., Girard

Cortland Masonic Lodge
February 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3263 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland

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