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Lack of donations causing blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets are a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients.
Upcoming drives are scheduled:
Aug. 4 — Carey Emergency Services building, 200 E. North St., Carey, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 5 — Fostoria Moose Lodge, 436 Moose Lane, Fostoria, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 6 — Fairhaven Community, 850 Marseilles Ave., Upper Sandusky, noon to 6 p.m.
Aug. 8 — St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Aug. 10 — North Baltimore High School, 2012 Tiger Drive, North Baltimore, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 11 — Leipsic United Methodist Church, 127 W. Main St., Leipsic, noon to 6 p.m.
Aug. 13 — Blanchard Valley Hospital pavilion, 1900 S. Main St., 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Ottawa American Legion, 218 W. Main St., Ottawa, noon to 6 p.m.
Aug. 14 — St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 313 N. Wood St., Fostoria, noon to 6 p.m.
Aug. 15 — StoneBridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Upper Sandusky High School, 800 N. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, noon to 6 p.m.

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