Donors of all blood types are urged to give now and help restock blood supply

The American Red Cross has extended its urgent call for donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets. With influenza escalating across the country and preventing some donors from giving, and winter weather threatening to cancel blood drives, the Red Cross now has a critical shortage of type O blood and urgently needs donors to restock the shelves.
O so needed
Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.
Help replenish the blood supply
Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations and more than 2,600 platelet donations for patients who rely on blood to survive. Shortfalls in donations can cause delays in essential medical care for patients like 12-year-old Dagan Hawkins.
Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November, Dagan has required platelet and blood transfusions during his cancer treatments. “There was a time when they needed to have blood products delivered from another hospital because they were unavailable there,” said Dustin Hawkins, Dagan’s father.
Donors of all blood types – especially types O positive and O negative – are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Orange County
 Aliso Viejo
1/30/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parker Properties, 20 Enterprise
 Foothill Ranch
1/27/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Foothill Ranch Library, 27002 Cabriole
2/4/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., MatterHackers, 27156 Burbank
Laguna Beach
1/29/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave
2/3/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Montage Resort and Spa, 30801 S. Coast Hwy
 Laguna Hills
1/24/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/25/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/27/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/28/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/29/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/30/2020: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
1/31/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/1/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/2/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/3/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/4/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/5/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/6/2020: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/7/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/8/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/9/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/10/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/11/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/12/2020: 3:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/13/2020: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/14/2020: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
2/15/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
Laguna Niguel
2/5/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., CIS California Service Center, 24000 Avila Rd.
 Lake Forest
1/24/2020: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Saddleback Station, 20202 Windrow
2/6/2020: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Herbalife, 20481 Crescent Bay Drive
2/6/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Herbalife, 20481 Crescent Bay Drive
2/11/2020: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Panasonic Avionics Corp, 26200 Enterprise Way
 Newport Beach
2/4/2020: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pacific Life, 700 Newport Center Drive
 Rancho Santa Margarita
1/28/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Control Components Incorporated, 22591 Avenida Empresa
1/31/2020: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa
2/9/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., San Francisco Solano Catholic Church, 22082 Antonio Parkway
2/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church Rancho Santa Margarita Campus, 30605 Avenida de las Flores
San Clemente
1/24/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., San Clemente Community Center, 100 N Calle Seville
2/14/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., San Clemente Community Center, 100 N Calle Seville
 San Juan Capistrano
1/26/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mission Basilica, 31520 El Camino Real
1/28/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fluidmaster Incorporated, 30800 Rancho Viejo Rd
1/31/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saddleback Valley Christian High School, 26333 Oso Road
 How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.