Red Cross faces blood shortage, offers $5 gift card for donors

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The America Red Cross says it is facing a blood shortage.

According to the organization, thousand of donors have already answered to call to give blood, but more is still needed. That's why the Red Cross is offering a $5 Target eGiftCard for donors.

The organizations says it saw around a 30% jump in people who generously donated blood and platelets after a call for donors in early July. However, the summer shortage continues.

However, the Red Cross says there is still a great need for blood from hospitals in our community. In fact, the organization says blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in.

"The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging," said Christy Peters, external communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. "We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven't to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients."

Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.

The Red Cross says shortages could lead to delays in patient care, something Arthur Bourget learned firsthand after being diagnosed with leukemia in July 2007. When he arrived for his second blood transfusion, he was told the blood he needed was not available. He waited eight hours for blood to arrive and to receive the transfusion he needed that day.

"One thing that I committed to my wife was that I was going to beat leukemia, no matter what, and I was going to do that," said Bourget. "But what I wasn't going to be able to do was survive without the blood that I needed."

Bourget went into remission following a successful treatment plan, which included 28 blood and 34 platelet transfusions. He has been a faithful advocate for blood donations ever since.

"If it wasn't for the generosity of volunteer blood donors, I would not be here today," he said. "My daughter would not have a father, and my wife would not have a husband. Thank you and please give blood. You may never know the life you have saved, but I guarantee they will never forget you."

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*

Dundee
8/14/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Dundee Senior Center, 284 Monroe Street

Monroe
7/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Marys Church, 127 N. Monroe Street
8/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monroe VFW Post #1138, 400 Jones Avenue

Holland
7/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Springfield High School, 1470 S. McCord Rd.
8/11/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 102.3 Proclaim FM, 7112 Angola Road

Maumee
7/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Stautzenberger College, 1796 Indian Wood Circle
8/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett
8/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Maumee High School, 1147 Saco Rd.

Oregon
7/28/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ave.
8/7/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Avenue

Sylvania
7/27/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 5271 W. Alexis Rd
8/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd

Toledo
7/25/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
7/26/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Larc Lane Center, 1154 Larc Lane
7/26/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
7/27/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
7/28/2017: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
7/29/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
7/31/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/1/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/2/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/3/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/4/2017: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/5/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/9/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/10/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/11/2017: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/12/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
8/15/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway

Elmore
8/8/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John United Church of Christ, 448 East Rice

Port Clinton
7/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Ottawa County Courthouse, 315 Madison Street
7/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Port Clinton Elks, 231 Buckeye Blvd.
8/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 50 N.E. Catawba Road

Bowling Green
7/28/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Stadium View Apartments, 1700 Juniper Drive
7/29/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bowling Green Covenant Church, 1165 Haskins Rd.
8/3/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wood Lane School and Industries, 11160 East Gypsy Lane Road
8/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lubrizol, 1142 N. Main St.
8/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bowling Green Eagles Club, 1163 North Main Street
8/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 15341 Gorrill Road
8/12/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 875 Haskins

Luckey
7/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Luckey American Legion, 335 Park Dr.

Northwood
8/11/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., City of Northwood Municipal Building, 6000 Wales Road

Perrysburg
8/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Precision Strip Inc, 7401 Ponderosa Road
8/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saint John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 Dixie Hwy.

Rossford
7/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Local 8 Union Hall, 807 Lime City Road