Published : Monday, November 19, 2018 | 5:59 PM
The Pasadena Blood Donation Center at 133 N. Altadena Drive, Suite 103, will be open daily up to December 15 to receive blood donations, in response to an urgent call by the American Red Cross for blood and platelet donors due to a severe blood shortage.
Last week, the Red Cross said there were some 21,000 fewer donations during September and October than required to fulfill hospital needs, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
“Today, the Red Cross asks the American public for help. As we head into the busy holiday season, we are facing a particularly challenging situation and need blood and platelet donors to replenish the blood supply for hospital patients counting on us,” Chris Hrouda, President of Red Cross Blood Services, said Tuesday. “Every day, we depend on the generosity of volunteers to roll up a sleeve to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for those in need, and today that need is urgent.”
Hurricanes Michael and Florence, which caused thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected, were key contributing factors to the current blood shortage, the Red Cross said.
“This time of year, as many give thanks for family, friends and good health, it’s important to remember that patients across the country cannot survive without your generosity,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services, said. “From traumas to ongoing cancer treatments, the need for blood doesn’t stop for the holidays. People can give back – and help those in need – by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation now and hosting a blood drive in the weeks to come.”
Pasadena Blood Donation Center is open to receive blood and platelet donors on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The center also performs apheresis, the method used for platelet donations, on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Mondays through Wednesdays from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A few other sites in Pasadena will be hosting blood donation drives to help prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.
This Saturday, November 17, the Community Adventist Fellowship at 464 E. Walnut Street will be open for blood donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Monday, November 19, Kaiser Permanente at 99 S. Oakland Avenue will receive blood donors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On November 30, Maranatha High School at 169 S. Saint John Avenue will be hosting a blood drive starting at 2 p.m., and on December 13, Providence Christian College at 1539 E. Howard Street is hosting one from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Red Cross said an additional 4,300 blood drives are needed nationwide in December, January and February to help stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
To encourage donations around the Thanksgiving holiday, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross between November 21 and 24 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
All eligible donors are advised to call the American Red Cross to make an appointment, at 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or visit www.RedCrossBlood.org.