American Red Cross Asking for Blood Donations Amid Summer Shortage

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ZANESVILLE, Oh – The American red cross is hosting a blood drive next Wednesday, July 6th at North Terrace Church of Christ 

Donation hours will be between noon and 6 pm and all donors will receive a tote bag and cedar fair ticket.

The tickets can be used at either Kings Island or Cedar Point through September 5th.

American Red Cross account manager Lori Gaitten says blood donations are even more crucial in the summer months due to increased shortages coupled with increased need.

“Our high schools and our universities are about 20% of what we collect during the school year. and of course, they’re not in session during June, July, and August, so that’s a problem. everybody’s looking forward to taking a vacation and taking some time off. and so giving blood just isn’t on their radar. and then the other problem is this time of year, usage tends to go up because of, there’s more people outside doing things. more trauma injuries. things that you typically don’t see in those winter months. so, you know, it’s just kind of the perfect storm,” she explained.

Blood donations are crucial, not only to trauma victims, but to cancer patients, surgical patients, and even new moms who may hemorrhage post-birth.

These donations are sent to hospitals around the state and even the country and Gaitten says they are even more important following the holiday weekend.

“We’re all taking the day off. you know, having a good time, cookouts, swimming, boating, whatever you do on the 4th of July. But we’re also not collecting blood. so that means, that’s a day without collections. that we’re not providing units to our hospital. so you know, we need to have strong collections following the holidays so that we have everything that the hospitals need.”

The donation sites are still following COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, however, masks are optional.

If you would like to donate, you can sign up at the link below. You must be at least 16 years of age to give blood and have parental consent if you are 16.

Maggie Warren
Maggie was born and raised in Speedway, Indiana where she developed her love and passion for weather, IndyCar and F1, hockey, and baseball, especially the Detroit Red Wings and the Cincinnati Reds. When she's not at work, she enjoys binge-watching her favorite tv shows, writing, hiking, and doing pretty much any outdoor activity! Maggie graduated from Ball State University, where she majored in meteorology/climatology, in Fall 2020. While at Ball State, she was a member of the Storm Chase Team and Cardinal Weather Service. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society. She loves exploring new places, so if you have any recommendations of places she should visit, let her know! And if you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi!