MARYVILLE, Mo. — With less than a three-day supply of most blood types available, the American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now to replenish the blood supply.
The call for donations comes after a difficult Fourth of July week when hundreds fewer blood drives were organized by volunteer hosts than a typical week, according to information from the organization.
“Despite an encouraging response to the missing types campaign, blood donations still fell short of expectations in June,” said Joe Zydlo, external communications manager at the American Red Cross Blood Services. “(This resulted) in more than 24,000 fewer donations than needed, 728 fewer here in the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, and (caused) a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.”
Community Blood Center drive set
To help bulk up the supply at the Community Blood Center, a Maryville community blood drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at the First United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are appreciated.
All presenting blood donors will have a chance to win a staycation package of his or her choice.
- Staycation package one includes a one-night stay at Boulders Inn and Suites, a round of golf with cart at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park and a William Coy’s Farm-to-Table gift card.
- Package two includes a one-night stay at the Red Roof Inn, an A&G Restaurant gift card and bowling passes at Bearcat Lanes.
- Package three includes a one-night stay at Red Roof Inn, bowling passes at Bearcat Lanes, a fishing pole donated by Walmart and fishing lures donated by TightlinesUV Lure Co.
- The fourth staycation package includes two Pizza Ranch gift cards and bowling passes at Bearcat Lanes.