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Red Cross issues emergency request for blood, platelet donors

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NASHVILLE, TN (KFVS) -

The American Red Cross blood supply took a serious hit following the Independence Day holiday.

Donors are urgently needed  to help boost the blood supply.

The organization has issued an emergency appeal for blood donors of all blood types, and those with O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

 There is a critical need for platelet donors as well.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Tim Ryerson, CEO for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.

The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Johnson, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, Massac, and Pope counties through the month of July:

Calloway
7/19/13
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Murray State University Curris Center
Chestnut Street, Murray

7/23/13
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church
1620 West Main St, Murray

Graves
7/21/13
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Knights of Columbus Hall 1418
106 Picnic Blvd., Fancy Farm

7/23/13
11:00 AM-5:00 PM
American Legion
211 South 7th, Mayfield

7/24/13
12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Myers Lumber Company
408 Broadway, Mayfield

Hardin
7/18/13

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
First Apostolic Church
Charles and Division, Rosiclare

7/22/13
12:00 PM-6:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
210 South Washington Street, Clinton

7/15/13
12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Fellowship Baptist Church
890 Senior Avenue, Vienna

Lyon
7/22/13

12:30 PM-5:30 PM
First Baptist Church Kuttawa
Walnut Drive, Kuttawa

Marshall
7/15/13

12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Woodmen of the World Benton
100 S. Poplar, Benton

Massac
7/26/13

9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Massac Memorial Hospital
28 Chick Street, Metropolis

In addition, donors can visit one of our Red Cross centers during the following dates/times:

Paducah Blood Donor Center at 4635 Falconcrest Drive is open:

 *   Monday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 *   Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 *   Wednesday - Closed

 *   2nd, 3rd Thursday of month - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 *   Friday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 *   Saturday - 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 *   1st, 4th, 5th Sunday of month - 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Paducah Apheresis (Platelet Donation) Center at 4635 Falconcrest Drive is open:

 *   Monday - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 *   Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 *   Wednesday, Thursday - Closed

 *   Friday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 *   Saturday - 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 *   1st, 4th, 5th Sunday of month - 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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