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American Red Cross looking to make up for blood donation shortage

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:48 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A blood drive was held today in the Strecker Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

This blood drive is one of many that the American Red Cross is putting together to make up for the shortage of blood donations.

Due to the pandemic, many blood drives were unable to happen and the non-profit was unable to meet the donation need.

And not only are they looking to reach their goal, but they are looking for those with the COVID-19 antibodies in their system.

“If they have the COVID antibodies in their blood then we have been able to use that for what we call plasma. We’ve been able to use that for hospital patients. And use it as a treatment for COVID. And so, that’s been something that we’ve been doing for about a year now,” says Red Cross accounting manager, Brian Adams.

The Red Cross is also in demand of both O-positive and O-negative donors.

If you are interested in donating blood, you can click on this link to sign up and take the next step.

Upcoming blood drives include:

Monday, June 14

Elizabeth Baptist Church

1 pm – 6 pm

Co-sponsored by Wirt County High School

Monday, June 21

United Way Day of Action Blood Drive

Grand Central Mall (Next to GameStop and across from Hollister)

12 pm – 6 pm

Tuesday, June 22

7th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Blood Blitz

Grand Central Mall (Next to GameStop and across from Hollister)

12 pm – 6 pm

Wednesday, June 23

St. Ambrose Church

1 pm – 6 pm

Thursday, June 24

Grand Central Mall (Next to GameStop and across from Hollister)

1 pm – 6 pm

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