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Ohio University Chillicothe to host American Red Cross blood drive

Ohio University Chillicothe will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shoemaker Center. 

The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. Donations are needed to help alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed.

“Ohio University Chillicothe is committed to strengthening our community and helping patients in need through blood donations,” said Britney Hamman, assistant professor of instruction in OHIO Chillicothe’s nursing program. “This blood drive is our way of allowing staff, colleagues, and neighbors to help save lives.” 

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. 

“We urge community members to consider blood donation and to help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready when the need occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life. Even if you are not able to donate, you can still make an impact in patients’ lives by promoting a blood drive or volunteering at a local drive,” said Hamman.

All blood types are needed, and there is an emergency need for type O blood donors, as well as platelet donors.

Donors who give blood in February will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card via email. 

Individuals who would like to donate can make an appointment at this American Red Cross webpage.

Walk-ins are also welcome, but individuals who walk in without first scheduling an appointment generally have a longer wait time to donate. For more information, visit the American Red Cross website.

This blood drive is sponsored by OHIO Chillicothe’s Health and Safety Committee.

January 17, 2024
Staff reports