Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply, according to a news release from the American Red Cross.
Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.
While all blood types are needed, those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a donation.
Three blood drives are scheduled in Ottawa and Streator in the coming week:
u 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa.
u 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, First Baptist Church, 1401 State St., Ottawa.
u 1:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.