ROANOKE, Va. -

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors.

Blood donations are down about 10 percent in June.

WDBJ7 will try to help out by hosting a blood drive at the station on Monday, July 15th, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

June can be among the most challenging months of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they adjust to summer schedules.

High school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of Red Cross donations during the school year.

Donations from those who usually give at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for the summer.

In addition, a mid-week Independence Day holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July.

Many sponsors, especially businesses, were unable to host drives because employees took extended vacations.

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long.

Each day, the American Red Cross Appalachian Blood Region needs approximately 200-250 donors to step forward and give blood.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets - a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), 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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

07/12/13        Lynchburg Blood Donation Center 1900 Tate Springs Rd    Lynchburg       VA      24501   Lynchburg City  12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/12/13        CCDF Blood Ministry     2130 Dry Pond Hwy       Stuart  VA      24171   Patrick 1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/12/13        Rockbridge Area Relief Association      350 Spottswood Drive    Lexington       VA      24450   Lexington City  12:30 pm -  4:30 pm

07/12/13        Wal-Mart        345 Commonwealth Drive  Wytheville      VA      24382   Wythe   2:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/13/13        Concord Rescue Squad    12605 Richmond Highway  Concord VA      24538   Campbell        9:00 am -  1:00 pm

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07/15/13        Bethlehem United Meth Church    13586 Moneta Road       Moneta  VA      24121   Bedford 12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/15/13        Community Building      261 Main Street Brookneal       VA      24528   Campbell        1:00 pm -  6:00 pm

07/15/13        American Legion Post 126        1953 Magnolia Ave.      Buena Vista     VA      24416   Buena Vista City        12:30 pm -  6:00 pm