Red Cross Needs Donations of These Specific Blood Types

June 12, 2018 Last Updated: June 12, 2018

North Texas American Red Cross CEO Keith Rhodes, and volunteer, Celisa Alston are reaching out to the community to ask for blood donations.

The number of volunteer donors has dropped 40 percent in the last decade.

Keith Rhodes said they don’t know the reason for the drop in volunteers but, “We need them back, we need folks to come back and roll up their sleeves and give. We are seeing an amazing drop in the numbers particularly in the summer months of individuals who are willing to donate blood.”

Celisa Alston, not only a volunteer but is also a recipient of blood and plasma. she uses her personal story to encourage people to donate,”I thought I had the flu but I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is a blood cancer. The unique thing about my story is that I was able to get blood and plasma products and it saved my life and so not only as an employee of the American Red Cross but as a recipient of the blood  and plasma products I’m thankful and I get to see everyday the power of donors and what they do for American Cross and for the people like me who needed blood and plasma.”

When asked who should donate Rhodes explained,”We need everyone, A, B, and O are the types that we are looking for and unfortunately, 75 percent of our population doesn’t recognize the need for blood. They think there is a faucet that you turn on and it just comes out. Every 2 seconds in our country there is a need for a blood transfusion and most people think it’s 15 minutes or an hour, or two hours—not the case at all. We encourage people that have been long turn donors or who have stepped away whatever reason to come back but we are also are looking for new donors to step in and help save peoples lives just like Celsa.”

Go to RedCrossBlood.org