American Red Cross Reports Severe Shortage of Type O Blood

Written by on February 25, 2019

(Feb. 25, 2019) — The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Having a readily available blood supply is critical for patients like Luna Giles, who at the age of 1 1/2 has already underwent two heart surgeries and required over a dozen transfusions.

“Each time, the nurse would bring in a bag of blood for her transfusion, I noticed a small label on each one that said ‘Donation Type: Volunteer,’” said Luna’s mom, Jessie Giles. “It made me think about each individual who donated blood for my daughter. I would never know who those individuals were, and they would never see the effect their donation had. But each of those individuals, strangers to us, absolutely saved my daughter’s life. They may never know it, but to me, they are heroes.”

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history – with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S., including an immersive blood drive experience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses. Terms and conditions apply and are available at*

Additionally, those who come to donate March 7-12 will also receive exclusive Game of Thrones swag including a T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 25-March 31:

Hardin County

3/25/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Visiting Nurses & Hospice, 1200 S. Main St.
3/28/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio Northern University McIntosh Center, 525 S Main, McIntosh Center

2/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hardin Northern High School, 11589 State Route 81

2/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima St.

3/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175
3/25/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street

Mount Victory
3/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., SE Hardin NW Union JFD, 234 N. Washington Street

Logan County

Belle Center
2/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Belle Center United Methodist Church, 101 S. Center St.

3/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N
3/14/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Union Station, 613 Hamilton Street

Marion County

3/1/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., George Washington Elementary School, 400 Pennsylvania Ave.
3/4/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Marion Public Library, 445 E Church Street
3/6/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue #95
3/14/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584, 142 Olney Ave.

Union County

3/1/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St
3/7/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., hopecenter, 212 Chestnut Street
3/15/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St

3/18/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Richwood Bank Marketing, 15 East Ottawa St.

Current track