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American Red Cross says blood shortage is looming

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The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations, citing a looming blood shortage caused by a drop in donations over the July 4th holiday.

Donations through the Red Cross are down about 8 percent over the past 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,0000 fewer donations than expected, according to Lindsay English, Red Cross spokeswoman.

Eligible donors with blood types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. Type O negative is a universal blood type that can be transfused to nearly anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

Platelet donations are also needed.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Columbus are:

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Frday, Bartholomew Count Library, 536 Fifth St.
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive

To donate, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to make an appointment.

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