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PITTSBURG, KS – Over the next month, The American Red Cross will be deploying its mobile blood drive units and making stops in several locations in Crawford County including Pittsburg, Girard, and Frontenac, to try to combat the blood crisis. 

According to a recent press release, the Red Cross is asking for volunteers to give blood and make monetary donations. Citing natural disasters and global emergencies, the Red Cross is experiencing a first-ever nationwide blood crisis in the U.S. 

In January 2022, the Red Cross experienced its worst national blood shortage in over a decade due to ongoing collection challenges and varied hospital demand during the pandemic. Patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions relied on an outpouring of support from hundreds of thousands of generous blood donors to overcome the crisis.  

Multiple mobile blood drives will be in Crawford County, starting in Pittsburg on Nov. 29, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Countryside Christian Church, 1901 East 4th Street, and again on Nov. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E. 4th Street. 

The mobile blood drive will be in Frontenac on Dec 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Frontenac High School and again on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eagle Beverage, 250 N Cayuga Street, before appearing in Girard on Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St Michael's Catholic Church, 106 S. Western.  

Other blood drives will be held in Cherokee County, the blood drive will visit Weir on Nov. 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Building, Lincoln and Forest. In Labette County, volunteers can donate in Oswego, Dec. 15, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oswego Senior Center, 723 Commercial, and in Parsons on Dec. 15, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1500 S. 29th Street. 

In Neosho County, blood donations will be in Saint Paul, Dec. 14, from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St Francis Parish Hall, 47 Hwy and 1st Street. Woodson County residents can donate in Yates Center, Dec. 5, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the 4-H Community Building, 713 Fry Street.  

“Whether a crisis is felt by an entire community or a single person, it turns lives upside down — especially for the most vulnerable,” Alice Townsend, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Kansas-Oklahoma Region said in the press release. “This holiday season, join us to provide help and hope for people in need during future emergencies by making a financial donation or by giving blood or platelets.” 

In the release, the Red Cross said this year’s extreme disasters in the U.S. are clear examples of the increasing frequency and intensity of the climate crisis. So far in 2022, 15 billion-dollar disasters have upended lives across the country — more than twice the number of billion-dollar disasters that struck annually two decades ago. 

For these and tens of thousands of other disasters in Kansas and across the country, Red Cross volunteers have worked 24/7 to provide shelter, food and care — including for a 12,000-acre wildfire in March and for the tornado that hit Andover in April, according to the release. 

Internationally, the conflict in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee for their lives. With such vast needs, the American Red Cross has provided financial donations and international crisis responders to support the global Red Cross network’s response on the ground, which spans more than a dozen neighboring countries to deliver food, shelter, medical care, emotional support and other critical aid for displaced families. 

Beyond national headlines, the release says, the need for blood is constant. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion. As seasonal illness and the threat of winter weather ramp up this holiday season, make a donation appointment and be a lifeline for car accident victims, parents with complicated childbirths, individuals battling cancer and people with sickle cell disease. 

On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, and through the holidays, volunteers can visit redcross.org to make a financial donation or an appointment to give blood or platelets for patients in the U.S. Individuals can also register for volunteer opportunities in their area. 

For more information, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment at a blood drive or at a donor center in Wichita, Hays, or Salina. 

Visit redcross.org/kansas2022 for more information about how the Red Cross Serving Kansas helped people in 2022. 

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