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The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals. With less than a two-day supply of blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care can be directly impacted.

COURTESY PHOTO: AMERICAN RED CROSS - The American Red Cross is calling upon all eligible type O blood donors to make appointments today. Health care providers are coping with a limited two-day supply of type O blood, the most common type of blood used in hospitals.The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn't time to determine a patient's blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

"All blood types are urgently needed, but we're facing a critical shortage of type O blood, the blood group most needed by hospitals," said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. "Because it's vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often."

COURTESY PHOTO: AMERICAN RED CROSS -     The Red Cross collected approximately 11,500 fewer type O blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as school years end. Because these drives account for about 20% of blood donations during the school year, fewer drives can also greatly affect the blood supply.

Donations needed now

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-733-2767. Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or Power Red donation, where available. During a Power Red donation, donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 14 through June 8:

Clackamas County

Canby

5/28/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Canby Police Dept, 1175 NW 3rd Ave

Clackamas

5/25/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Creator Lutheran Church, 13250 SE Sunnyside Rd

6/1/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Clackamas Bible Church, 15655 SE Johnson Rd

Colton

5/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Colton High School, 30205 S Wall Street

Damascus

5/20/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Damascus Comm Ch Damascus Christian Sch, 14251 SE Rust Way

Estacada

5/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Estacada Community Center, 200 SW Clubhouse Dr

Happy Valley

5/24/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Happy Valley, 17005 SE Sunnyside Road

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 9800 SE 92nd Ave

6/6/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Happy Valley Police Dept, 12915 SE King Road

6/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Happy Valley Police Dept, 12915 SE King Road

Lake Oswego

5/17/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Blvd

5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 3 Centerpointe, 3 Centerpointe Drive

5/24/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Rd, PO Box 310

5/31/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., United Church of Christ Lake Oswego, 1111 Country Club Rd

6/4/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., LDS - Lake Oswego Stake, 14903 Westlake Drive

6/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road

6/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Avenue

6/7/2019: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Baja Fresh Lake Oswego, 17805 SW 65th Ave

Milwaukie

5/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., SUPERVALU, 6433 SE Lake Road

5/15/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., PCC Structurals - LMA, 2770 SE Mailwell Drive, Building D

5/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Portfolio Financial Servicing Company, 7303 SE Lake Road

5/25/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fred Meyer Garden Center, 14700 SE McLoughlin Blvd

5/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., GracePoint Church, 10750 SE 42nd

6/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 2146 SE Monroe St.

Molalla

5/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Country Christian School, 16975 S Hwy 211

Oregon City

5/20/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Fred Meyer Oregon City, 1839 Molalla Ave

5/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Living Hope Church, 19691 S. Meyers Rd

5/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge 1189, 610 McLoughlin Blvd

5/24/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Starbucks, 1900 McLoughlin Blvd

5/30/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Benchmade Knife Co, 300 Beavercreek Rd

5/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Burgerville Store #28, 1900 Molalla Ave

5/31/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Burgerville Store #28, 1900 Molalla Ave

6/4/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., S Henrici Rd Stake, 15344 S Henrici Rd

6/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oregon City Farmers Market, 2051 Kaen Rd

Sandy

5/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Johnson RV, 41777 SE Hwy 26

6/3/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd

Welches

5/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt Hood Oregon Resort, 68010 East Fairway Avenue

West Linn

5/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Dr

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adult Community Center, West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Rd

Wilsonville

5/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St Cyril Catholic Church, 9210 SW 5th Street

5/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Human Bean - Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th Ave

5/20/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jewell High School, 83874 HWY 103

Columbia County

Saint Helens

5/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christian Church of St Helens, 185 S. 12th St.

Scappoose

5/20/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Senior Community Center, 33342 SW Meadow Drive

6/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fred Meyer Store #462, 51501 S. Columbia River Hwy

6/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wal-Mart Store #101876, 2700 Wasco Ave

Marion County

Woodburn

5/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodburn Estates, 1776 Country Club Road

5/28/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Chemeketa Community College, 120 E Lincoln Street

6/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Christian Church, 126 Workman Drive

Multnomah County

Gresham

5/14/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark

5/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark

5/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Motel 6, 1572 NE Burnside Road

5/16/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Henry's Catholic Church, 395 NW 1st Street

5/23/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Gresham National Guard Armory, 544 NE Division St.

5/29/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Motel 6, 1572 NE Burnside Road

5/30/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Gresham Child Welfare, 355 NW Division

5/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Henry's Catholic Church, 395 NW 1st Street

6/1/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Gresham Center for the Arts Plaza, 488 NE 3rd St.

6/6/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Gresham National Guard Armory, 544 NE Division St.

Portland

5/14/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Radisson Red Portland, 1455 SW Broadway

5/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., Colliers International, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd #150

5/15/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Biomedical Information Communications Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Rd

5/15/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Biomedical Information Communications Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Rd

5/16/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Block 300, 308 SW 2nd Avenue

5/17/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/18/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Community Center Parking Lot, 6820 SW 45th Avenue

5/18/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Ascension Catholic Church Portland, 743 SE 76th Ave

5/19/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/19/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Belmont Library, 1038 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd

5/20/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 SE Spokane St

5/21/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Industrious Portland, 811 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1000

5/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/21/2019: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele Street

5/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Viking Room, 2145 SW Naito Parkway

5/22/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Zapproved, 1414 NW Northrup St

5/22/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., CareOregon, 315 SW 5th

5/23/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/24/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/24/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lloyd Center Mall, 2201 Lloyd Center

5/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St Joseph The Worker, 2310 SE 148th Avenue

5/26/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Lloyd Center Mall, 2201 Lloyd Center

5/27/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., OHSU Info Tech Group, 1515 SW 5th Avenue STE 900

5/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Woodstock Shopping Center, 4523 SE Woodstock

5/28/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Koin Tower, 222 SW Columbia Street

5/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., OR Public Health Services, 800 NE Oregon Street

5/29/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/30/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Portland State University Outside Viking Room, 1825 SW Broadway

5/31/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

5/31/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Rd, Student Center

5/31/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Commonwealth Building Portland, 421 SW 6th Ave

5/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Keller Williams Realty Portland Central, 919 NE 19th, Suite 100

5/31/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., EBAY Portland, 1400 SW 5th Ave, 3rd Floor

5/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave

6/1/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/3/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/4/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Meier and Frank Depot Building, 1417 NW Everett St

6/4/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grand+Benedicts, 6140 SW Macadam Ave

6/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/4/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 SW Capitol Highway

6/5/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Block 300, 308 SW 2nd Avenue

6/5/2019: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 2WTC, 121 SW Salmon

6/5/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/6/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/7/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Road

6/8/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Ave

6/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Marquis Companies, 4560 SE International Way, Suite 100

Troutdale

5/23/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Reynolds High School, 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd

5/24/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Reynolds High School, 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd

Wood Village

5/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fred Meyer Store #660, 22855 NE Park Lane

Washington County

Aloha

5/25/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Advanced Auto Parts, 19375 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy

5/29/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 18865 SW Johnson Street

5/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Baskin-Robbins, 18605 SW Farmington Road

Beaverton

5/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Beaverton Hills Assisted Living, 4525 SW 99th Ave

5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Nimbus Conference Center, 9403 SW Nimbus Dr.

5/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Street

5/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Carmax, 9405 SW Cascade Avenue

5/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Emerald Place, 1815 NW 173rd Avenue

6/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., DAT Solutions, 8405 SW Nimbus Ave

6/3/2019: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., New Seasons Market, 14805 SW Barrows, Suite 104

6/5/2019: 1:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street

6/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Creekside Corporate Park, 8705 SW Nimbus Avenue

Forest Grove

5/14/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., City of Forest Grove, 1915 Main Street

5/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., LDS - Forest Grove Stake, 3661 Brooke Street

6/5/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elks Lodge #2440, 2810 Pacific Ave.

Hillsboro

5/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars 2666, 310 SW Walnut Street

5/17/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuality Community Hospital - Health Ed. Center, 334 SE 8th

5/17/2019: 1:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway

5/18/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Store #143, 6495 SE TV Highway

5/20/2019: 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., New Life Baptist Church, 3440 E. Main Street

5/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., United Methodist Church Hillsboro, 168 NE 8th Ave.

5/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., McAfee, 5505 NE Moore Court

6/4/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, 937 NE Jackson School Road

6/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., LDS - Hillsboro Stake, 2200 NE Jackson School Road

6/7/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hillsboro Library Shute Park Branch, 775 SE Tenth Ave.

Portland

5/26/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Macy's, 9800 SW Washington Square Road

5/28/2019: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Garden Home MarketPlace, 7410 SW Oleson Rd

5/28/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., PCC - Rock Creek - BLDG 5, 17705 NW Springville Rd.

5/28/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Garden Home Rec Center, 7475 SW Oleson Rd

5/29/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., PCC - Rock Creek - BLDG 5, 17705 NW Springville Rd.

5/30/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., West Union Building Portland, 14885 NW West Union Road

6/3/2019: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Burgerville Store 45, 12785 SW Pacific Hwy

6/3/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road

Sherwood

5/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Starbucks Store #497, 20661 SW Roy Rogers Road, #501

5/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Timberline Baptist Church, 24645 SW Old Hwy 99 W, PO Box 596

5/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Countryside Community Church, 18810 SW Kruger Road

6/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Home Depot-Sherwood, 20260 SW Pacific Hwy

Tigard

5/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Allstate-Tigard, 7632 SW Durham Suite 200

5/17/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11305 SW Bull Mountain Road

5/20/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Conduent, 13333 SW 68th Pkwy

5/20/2019: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Motosport, 15353 SW Sequoia Pkwy

5/21/2019: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Westside Christian High School, 8200 SW Pfaffle St

5/23/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., OR Dept of Treasury Division, 16290 Upper Boones Ferry Rd

5/24/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11305 SW Bull Mountain Road

5/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oregon State Bar, 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.

5/31/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Fire House 50, 12617 SW Walnut

5/31/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11305 SW Bull Mountain Road

6/2/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bull Mountain Market, 14389 SW Pacific Hwy

6/7/2019: 1:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 11305 SW Bull Mountain Road

Tualatin

6/1/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tualatin Stake Center, 22284 SW Grahams Ferry Road

6/5/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Resurrection Catholic Parish, 21060 SW Stafford Road

6/6/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., City of Tualatin - Police Services Bldg, 8650 SW Tualatin Road

6/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Century Hotel, 8185 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd

6/7/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Reddaway Inc, 7720 SW Mohawk St


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