The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate blood supply due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session. Despite the season, the need for blood remains constant and patients continue to depend on the generosity of blood donors to meet that need.
At times, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products
In the U.S., every two seconds someone needs blood. Blood donations are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
You can help restock the shelves by participating in the Mid-South Chapter Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 24 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood through August 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free 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 wait times.
American Red Cross of the Mid-South Blood Drive
Wednesday, August 24
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1399 Madison Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104