Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donations

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donations during severe winter blood shortage
Blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care for patients like Cooper Barghols

TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 4, 2017) — The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed. Snowstorms and severe weather have also impacted donations. Nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel in December, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected.

“Blood donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on,” said Jan Hale, communications manager, Southwest Region Red Cross Blood Services. “We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help meet patient needs. Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.”

How to help
Find a blood 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). The Red Cross is extending hours at many donation sites for more donors to give blood or platelets. Overall, the Red Cross has added nearly 200 hours to blood donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help speed up the donation process.

“In about an hour, you can help save someone’s life. This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being,” said Hale.

Who blood donations help
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives.

Cooper Barghols was an active 9 year old who enjoyed watching and playing any and all sports when he was diagnosed with leukemia. During treatments, Barghols received more than 70 transfusions of blood and blood-related products. Now 18 years old and just completing his first semester of college, Barghols and his family are grateful to the doctors, nurses and blood donors that helped make this young man a survivor.

“My family and I are so very thankful to all those who took time out of their lives to donate the blood that my son received,” said his father and Arkansas-Oklahoma American Red Cross CEO, Bradley Barghols. “I’m at the Red Cross in part to pay it forward for my son. Start your new year paying it forward for another patient.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county
Craig

Vinita
1/10/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Vinita High School, 801 N. Adair St.
1/13/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oklahoma Forensic Center, 24800 S. 4420 Road

Welch
1/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Welch High School, 707 South Curtis
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Creek

Kellyville
1/17/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Kellyville High School, 14959 Maple Dr

Sapulpa
1/18/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Technology Center, 1720 S. Main
1/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Technology Center, 1720 S. Main
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Delaware

Grove
1/19/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grove Community Center, 104 West 3rd
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Latimer

Wilburton
1/13/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wilburton High School, 1201 West Blair Ave.
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Mayes

Adair
1/18/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Adair High School, 102 S. Harley Hughes Ave.

Chouteau
1/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 28 E. 12th St.

Pryor
1/12/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pryor High School/Burdick Center, 1100 S.E. 9th
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Muskogee

Haskell
1/18/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Haskell High School, 605 N Ave E

Muskogee
1/11/2017: 1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Christ, 3206 N. York Street
1/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 2117 Chandler Rd
1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fine Arts Center, 3200 East Shawnee

Warner
1/15/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Warner First Baptist Church, 810 2nd Avenue
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Nowata

Nowata
1/11/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nowata High School, 707 W. Osage
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Okmulgee

Henryetta
1/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Henryetta High School, 1800 West Troy Aikman
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Osage

Hominy
1/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 202 South Price Street
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Pittsburg

McAlester
1/5/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of Christ, 1700 South Main Street
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Rogers

Claremore
1/4/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Family Life Center, 319 E. Blue Starr Dr.
1/17/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hillcrest Hospital Claremore Education Center, 1202 N. Muskogee Place
1/19/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Centennial Center, 1701 West Will Rogers Blvd
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Tulsa
Tulsa Blood Donation Center, 10151 East 11th Street
Mondays through Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Broken Arrow
1/15/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 100 West Albany

Jenks
1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., TTCU the Credit Union Jenks, 105 S. 9th Street
1/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., First Baptist Church Gym, 11701 S. Elm St.

Sperry
1/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sperry High School, 400 W. Main

Tulsa
1/4/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., ONE Gas, 15 East 5th Street
1/6/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st Street, Suite 1140
1/7/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial
1/8/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., The Lutheran Church of our Savior, 146 South Sheridan
1/8/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2720 S 129th E Ave
1/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Metro Student Union, 909 S Boston
1/12/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Bishop Kelley High School, 3905 S Hudson
1/12/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Indian Health Care Resource Center, 550 S Peoria
1/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Two Warren, 6120 South Yale Avenue
1/14/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial
1/17/2017: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mary K Chapman Health Plaza, 1819 E 19th St.
1/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mary K Chapman Health Plaza, 1819 E 19th St.
1/21/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial
1/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Holy Family Cathedral, 122 W 8th St
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Washington

Bartlesville
1/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 601 South Jennings
1/11/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Jane Phillips Medical Center, 3500 E. Frank Phillips Blvd.
1/11/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Jane Phillips Medical Center, 3500 E. Frank Phillips Blvd.
1/16/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Heritage Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1244 Woodland Loop
1/16/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 601 South Jennings
1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Patriot GMC Hyundai Bartlesville, 2001 SE Washington Blvd

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