Red Cross issues plea amid shortage

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Hawaii trip from Amazon Prime Video and the new series, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," up for grabs.
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By Robin Gibson

 

In honor of the new series, "I Know What You Did Last Summer," those who give by Nov. 12 will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.*

 

Despite ongoing appeals to donors and the public, the American Red Cross emergency blood and platelet shortage continues. Thousands have answered the call to give, but additional donors are needed as we head into the busy holiday season. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged tomake an appointmentto give now to help meet the needs of patients.

 

With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, the American Red Cross urges donors to continue to make and keep appointments now and in the weeks ahead to help overcome the ongoing emergency blood and platelet shortage that has significantly impacted the nation’s blood supply. In fact, the current blood supply is the lowest the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade.

 

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Since declaring an emergency need for donors last month, thousands of people have come to Red Cross blood drives across the country to roll up a sleeve and help patients who are counting on lifesaving transfusions. The Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of these blood and platelet donors, but hospital demand remains strong. At least 10,000 more donations are needed each week in the coming weeks to meet patient needs — ahead of the upcoming holiday season, which always presents seasonal challenges to blood collection. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitingRedCrossBlood.orgor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

 

 

Despite ongoing appeals to donors and the public, the American Red Cross emergency blood and platelet shortage continues.

 

In honor of the new series,"I Know What You Did Last Summer,"those who give by Nov. 12 will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy ofAmazon Prime Video.*The trip will transport you to where the series was filmed and includes round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for nine nights, meals, $1,000 gift card for expenses and on-trip transportation with tour stops from Honolulu to Maui. Plus, those who come to donate Nov. 1 - 23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card* by email, thanks to Amazon.**

 

Blood drive safety 

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, andadditional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. 

 

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Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-23

 

Berkeley County

 

Charleston

  • 11/7/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bishop England High School, 363 Seven Farms Drive

  • 11/9/2021: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., The Grove Wesleyan Church, 1941 Clements Ferry Road, Suite E

 

Goose Creek

  • 11/5/2021: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., City of Goose Creek Activity Center, 519 N. Goose Creek Blvd.

 

Moncks Corner

  • 11/4/2021: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Santee Cooper Main Building, 1 Riverwood Dr.

  • 11/5/2021: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Home Telecom, 579 Stoney Landing Rd.

  • 11/10/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Authority, 212 Oakley Plantation Rd.

 

Charleston County

 

Charleston

  • 11/1/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/3/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/4/2021: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/5/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/6/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/7/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/8/2021: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., West Ashley High School, 4060 W Wildcat Boulevard

  • 11/8/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/9/2021: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd

  • 11/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/10/2021: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street

  • 11/10/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/11/2021: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/12/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/13/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/14/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/15/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/16/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/17/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/18/2021: 9:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/19/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/20/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/21/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/22/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., College of Charleston Stern Center, College of Charleston, 71 George St.

  • 11/22/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

  • 11/23/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., West Ashley Blood Donation Center, 2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd

 

Isle of Palms

  • 11/23/2021: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Wild Dunes Resort-Palmetto Hall, 5757 Palm Blvd

 

Mount Pleasant

  • 11/1/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road

  • 11/1/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/2/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/3/2021: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Town Hall, 100 Ann Edwards Lane

  • 11/5/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/6/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/7/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/8/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/9/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/12/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/13/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/14/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/15/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/16/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/19/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/20/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/21/2021: 6:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/22/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/23/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Mt Pleasant Blood Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd

  • 11/23/2021: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Christ Church, 2304 Highway 17 North

 

North Charleston

  • 11/3/2021: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane, PO Box 190016

  • 11/4/2021: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., NIWC 198, 1545 Truxtun Ave

  • 11/23/2021: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., North Charleston United Methodist Church, 1125 E. Montague

 

Colleton County

 

Walterboro

  • 11/8/2021: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 106 May Street

 

Dorchester County

 

Ridgeville

  • 11/11/2021: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1514 SC Hwy 61

 

Summerville

  • 11/2/2021: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sweetgrass Pediatrics, 2016 1st Avenue

  • 11/3/2021: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Summerville Family YMCA, 208 West Doty Ave

  • 11/11/2021: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Lowe's of Oakbrook, 9600 Dorchester Rd

  • 11/12/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ashley Ridge High School- Community, 9800 Delimar Highway

  • 11/22/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., McElveen Buick GMC, 117 Farmington Rd

 

Red Cross add for donors.

 

Save time during donation

 

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions atRedCrossBlood.org/RapidPassor use theRed Cross Blood Donor App.

 

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Red Cross add for donors.

 

Health insights for donors 

 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

 

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.  

 

Red Cross add for donors.

 

About the American Red Cross

 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, 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 deliver its mission. For more information, please visitredcross.orgorcruzrojaamericana.org,or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.  

 

About "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

 

Written and executive produced bySara Goodman,"I Know What You Did Last Summer"is based onLois Duncan’s1973 novel,which was also the basis of the iconic 1997 film. One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town — and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly.

 

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