Jessica Courtney, a phlebotomist from the Apheresis Department of the Paducah Red Cross, checks a line as John Ballard of Fancy Farm donates blood during the Paducah Donor Days drive in July. Since issuing an emergency appeal for donations in June, the Red Cross has seen an increase in blood supplies, though more is needed.
Since issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations at the end of June, the American Red Cross has seen an increase in the supply, though more is still needed.
Additional donations are requested to ensure adequate blood supply is available for local hospitals through the end of summer, reported Regina Raccuglia, communications manager for the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region, in a news release.
Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations since the appeal, cutting the blood donation deficit by about 30 percent.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the many blood donors in our community who responded to the appeal, helping to save lives,” said Tim Ryerson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley region.
As incentive to potential donors, the Red Cross offers the Super Summer Save campaign through the end of September. All presenting blood and platelet donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $3,000 American Express gift card.
To make an appointment for donation, visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.