Want to do some good? Red Cross needs more blood donors

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

The American Red Cross is experiencing a shortage in blood donations, and they’re asking for the community’s assistance in ensuring people at their most vulnerable get life-saving treatment.

And if your blood is Type O, you’re even more in need, considering Type O — positive or negative — can be used by most people.

“The American Red Cross reaches out to me at least three or four times a week by call, and then they usually leave a voicemail and I get emails, too,” said local blood donor Sophia Surrett.

She’s Type O-positive, meaning her blood is a match for all positive blood types, as well as being the most commonly used blood type. According to the Red Cross, 38% of the population is Type O-positive.

Type O-negative is the most desired blood type for donations because it can be donated to any other blood type, positive or negative. Only 7% of the population has Type O-negative blood.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Red Cross has suffered a decrease in donations. That’s why donating now is so important.

If you’re African American, the Red Cross needs your blood to help treat patients with sickle cell disease, an illness affecting primarily those of African or African American descent.

Surrett said the donation process doesn’t take long, and it’s not painful.

Anyone 17 or older who is in good health is most likely eligible to donate. You can learn more about blood donation guidelines right here.

Upcoming blood drives for the Red Cross include:

  • Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gordo City Hall, Gordo
  • Oct 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette Civic Center, Fayette
  • Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., University Mall, Tuscaloosa
  • Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hale County High School, Moundville
  • Oct. 13, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Bibb Medical Center, Centreville
  • Oct. 14, 3-7 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa
  • Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., UA College of Education – 311 Carmichael Hall, Tuscaloosa
  • Oct. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Tuscaloosa

Those who donate will receive a free Zaxby’s chicken sandwich coupon or a $5 gift card.

If you’re interested in finding another donation opportunity, click here.

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