"Missing Letters" Encourage Blood Donation

A’s B’s and O’s are missing! Red Cross calls on donors to help

During the campaign, the main blood groups, A, B, and O, are disappearing from brand logos, social media pages, signs and websites to draw attention to the critical role of every blood donor.

"Imagine life without the letters A, B and O, let alone scrabble!" said Mlambo. Many rarely think about blood until someone we love needs it and it's missing from hospital shelves.

According to Donor Recruitment Director Mary Pucel, the Red Cross has seen "new blood donors decrease by 80,000 a year for the last four years".

While more than 90,000 people donate blood with Indiana Blood Center each year, blood donations tend to decline during summer because of vacations and additional family commitments. It is missing some letters.

Titled Missing Types, the effort focuses on the effects of not having the vital blood types A, B, and O. They'll also reveal results of a recent survey about the public's perception of blood donations and patient transfusion needs. Butterfield, a Democrat who represents North Carolina's 1st Congressional District, says the need for more blood donations is especially acute among minorities who live in the state.

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"We always want our donors to be healthy, so we do ask that you stay very well hydrated and if you know eat before you're going to donate blood, be sure to eat a lot of iron-enriched food", McGuire explained.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients. Sherry Johnson agrees, after years of blood transfusions for her three daughters. It was incredibly frustrating and eye-opening for Lily's mom, Susie Dotson.

Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. "Lily needed blood products just as much as the chemo or the treatment". Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

Visit www.sanbs.org.za or call 0800 11 90 31 for more information or to find out where to volunteer as a blood donor.

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but it is also a challenge that blood collection organizations face across the country and around the globe.

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