The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 16, from 2 to 7 p.m.
The ARC has issued an emergency request for platelets and asks that blood donors of all blood types roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Gwen Hunter, Blood Donor Recruiter for the American Red Cross in East Tennessee. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need.”
Platelets — a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients — must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
Each day, the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region, which includes East Tennessee, needs approximately 1,600 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ is located at 2733 Elizabethton Highway across from Happy Valley Memorial Park.