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The American Red Cross needs help to fill the missing blood types

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The American Red Cross needs your help to fill their banks with the missing blood types.

Rich Woodruff with the Utah Red Cross joined GMU to talk about the 2019 Missing Types Campaign.

Woodruff said only 3 of 100 people in the U.S. give blood. “There simply aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need,” he said.

To ensure that lifesaving blood products are available when and where they are needed, the Red Cross urges more individuals to roll up a sleeve and give.

Between June 11 and June 30, iconic corporate and civic brands, celebrities, and influencers will remove the A, B, and O – the main blood groups – from signage, websites and other public-facing platforms to illustrate the critical role blood donors play helping patients.

The goal is to inspire new and former blood donors to give this summer and become regular blood donors for patients in need in the years to come. The need for blood is constant.

The effort also aligns with World Blood Donor Day on June 14. Woodruff said summer can be a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, which is one of the reasons World Blood Donor Day is celebrated in June.

Help fill in the missing types this summer – make an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Individuals can also open the Red Cross Blood skill on an Alexa-enabled device with a selection of prompts such as, “Alexa, open Red Cross Blood Skill” and ask, for example, “Alexa, find a blood drive.”

In most states, individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To learn where you can go donate today visit the American Red Cross website.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 11-30

Alpine

6/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Alpine North Stake, 1125 East Alpine Blvd

Cedar Fort

6/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Eagle Mountain West Stake, 185 E. Center

Elk Ridge

6/21/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elk Ridge Utah Stake, 259 East Alpine Drive

Highland

6/15/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Highland Utah South Stake-Larsen Park Bldg, 9621 North 6050 West

6/29/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Highland Utah Central Stake, 10390 Alpine Highway

Lehi

6/13/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Oracle, 3450 Triumph Blvd.

6/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Ivory Ridge Swim and Tennis Club, 32 E. Clubview Lane

6/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehi South Stake, 600 South 500 West

6/24/2019: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Best Vinyl Fence and Deck, 525 South 850 East

6/24/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Podium, 1650 W. Digital Way

6/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lehi Utah Cedar Hollow Stake, 2178 North 1200 East

Lindon

6/14/2019: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Magleby Professional Services, 1291 W. Center Street

6/20/2019: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lindon Central Stake, 731 East Center

6/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., BambooHR, 335 S 560 W

Mapleton

6/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mapleton Stake, 31 West Maple

Orem

6/15/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Orem Utah Stonewood Stake, 575 South 400 West

6/22/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Orem Lakeridge Stake, 158 East 1100 South

Pleasant Grove

6/15/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Smith’s, 210 East 700 South

6/17/2019: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Young Sinlgle Adult Grove Ward, 2433 West 450 South

6/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Pleasant Grove Timpanogos Stake, 800 North 100 West

6/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 140 West Main, Suite 3

Provo

6/12/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wilkinson Center, Wilkinson Center, BYU Campus

6/14/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wilkinson Center, Wilkinson Center, BYU Campus

6/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tanner Sorenson LSL Drive – Hampton Inn & Suites – Provo, 1511 South 40 East

6/24/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wilkinson Center, Wilkinson Center, BYU Campus

6/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Provo Utah Married Student 2nd Stake (Summer Drive), 1915 N. Canyon Road

6/28/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Scenicview Academy, 5455 North 250 West, Scenicview Academy

6/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wilkinson Center, Wilkinson Center, BYU Campus

6/29/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Provo Stake, 1315 East 900 South

Salem

6/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Salem West – Knoll Park Chapel, 160 S. 460 W.

Spanish Fork

6/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Spanish Fork Canyon Ridge Stake, 1911 East 1850 South

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