October 23, 2014

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Red Cross seeks blood donors

The American Red Cross is urging Medina County residents to donate blood because of a shortage.

Christy Sabaka, spokeswoman for Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region, said blood donations to the Red Cross are down 8 percent over the past three months.

“The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks,” Sabaka said.

She said the drop in donations can be attributed to Independence Day landing on a Friday because many sponsors took vacations over the long weekend, resulting in fewer drives.

Another factor, Sabaka said, is that many donors over the summer delay their giving to take vacations and participate in summer activities.

“When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent,” she said.

Donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood types are especially urged to donate, Sabaka said.

According to the Red Cross, each donation can save up to three lives and takes about an hour and 15 minutes from arrival to the drive to departure. New, sterile needles are used for each donor.

“Please consider giving the gift of life,” Sabaka said. “Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need — and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.