Tuckerton Church Hosts Blood Drive for Urgent Need

Jan 30, 2018

Tuckerton’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, located at 220 East Main St. (Route 9), is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

For further information call Jamie Smith at 609-709-8136. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) to schedule an appointment, which helps speed up the process on the day of the drive (although walk-ins will be accommodated if possible).

Holy Spirit’s timing couldn’t have been better, considering the nation’s blood banks have been hit by a triple whammy this winter, leading the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for donations. Donations typically dry up during the Thanksgiving-through-New Years holiday season because, as in summer when people are vacationing, folks have more things to do than show up at a blood drive. Toss in a worse-than-normal 2017-2018 flu season, leaving sick regular donors unable to give blood, and severe January weather, especially in the South where just a few inches of snow can tie up highways for days, and you have a serious blood shortage. The American Red Cross said that hundreds of blood drives were cancelled across the country this January because of weather. That followed an already slow November and December, when hectic holiday schedules and the beginning of the serious nationwide flu outbreak resulted in more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed.

While the Red Cross said that all blood types are urgently needed, there is an even more critical need for certain types, including type O negative (the so-called universal type); B negative, which can be transfused to both type B RH-positive and negative patients; type AB, a plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone; and platelets, the clotting portion of blood which are always in great demand because they are primarily given to cancer patients during treatment. —R.M.

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