American Red Cross launches 'Missing Types' campaign

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"I started donating platelets once I realized what the importance was to the other patients and the other people in the hospital", Lilly said. Blood stocks are also essential in natural and man-made disasters.

These low levels are particularly risky leading into summer months, when people are less likely to donate blood as schools go on summer break and families take vacations. The best preparation for life-threatening situations is having blood on hospital shelves in advance.

The blood emergency coincides with a push for donations ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Thursday. This year it falls on the anniversary of the 2017 shooting at the congressional baseball practice.

Head to the Coastal Bend Blood Center's website for more information on how and when you can donate.

A new American Red Cross survey shows that widespread misconceptions about blood donation could be contributing to a shrinking blood donor population. The Red Cross provides around 40 percent of that total. This is to help increase awareness that without donations of blood types A, B and O, we can't save anybody.

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec).

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In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community. She explained the Red Cross conducted a survey that illustrated how people aren't complete aware on how often blood is needed to save a life.

KSN spoke to a recipient today about how blood donations have helped her with cancer treatments.

Yet, sadly, attendance at blood donor clinics can often decrease because of vacations.

Scheduling appointments: Donors are now able to view all donor centres and mobile blood drives in the country, plotted on a map.

The Vincent Jones Memorial Blood Drive is Saturday, June 23, from 8:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.in the Eaton First Church of God gym, 601 East Lexington Road, Eaton.

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