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American Red Cross Asking For Community Support

In the last year, The American Red Cross has had to adjust their ways, but recently they are in dire need of help.

Posted: Feb 8, 2021 4:13 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2021 3:18 PM

In the last year, The American Red Cross has adjusted their ways, but recently they are in dire need of help.

"It's very critical for the health of our community that we maintain the blood supply," says Theo Boots, American Red Cross Executive Director.

It's a simple act that can save lives.

"We have got lots of blood drives set up for the next three weeks, but lots of holes," says Boots. "It's really kind of scary."

The Red Cross typically has a tough time keeping blood supply strong during winter months when inclement weather and seasonal illnesses impact donors, but this year the pandemic is adding another challenge.

"Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, but less than 10 percent actually does," says Boots. "I think a lot of it is the unknowing. They don't think about it, and they are not really sure what it means when you donate blood."

Officials say they've seen a slow down in people, but the Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to make an appointment to help where they can.

"We are at a critical need for convalescent plasma, which is if you recovered from Covid-19 it's a little easier to donate," says Boots.

Over the course of the last year, several schools and companies closed their doors, leaving the Red Cross to cancel several blood drives.

Donors can help patients of all ages, accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, those battling cancer, and those fighting Covid-19.

"The blood is tested for antibodies making every blood or convalescent plasma donation an opportunity to help with Covid-19 patients in a time when need is great," says Boots.

The Red Cross continues to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines for a safe experience.

"We really need the community to rally behind us once again and fill those slots," says Boots.

The Southern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross will host their next community blood drive Tuesday, February 9th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stockwell Road location.

If you would like to sign up to donate or consider volunteering, visit the Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/

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