Blood and platelet donors needed around Fourth of July

Exclusive recycled tote bag for those who come to give June 30-July 10

As summer officially begins and people gather for holiday celebrations, the American Red Cross reminds communities that patients are counting now on the generosity of blood and platelet donors, especially around the Fourth of July.

The Red Cross sees about a 21% decline in blood and platelet donations during holiday weeks, including Independence Day. When blood donations drop, so does the blood supply, making it extremely challenging to ensure blood is available when hospitals need it.

By scheduling and keeping appointments in July, donors can help provide for those in immediate need of lifesaving care. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you for helping, all those who come to give June 30-July 10 will receive an exclusive Red Cross recycled cotton tote bag, while supplies last.

Blood Drive Spotlight: In honor of drive for local girl in Ashland and in memory of drive in Columbia area:

There are several opportunities to donate blood over the next 24 days and two in particular in the Central Missouri area. The first is in honor of three-year-old Hudson Eller. Hudson was born with VACTERL association, a rare genetic disorder that has affected his heart, lungs, spine, kidneys and other upper extremities. He has already had 10 surgeries and needed several blood products. Hudson’s family wants to help others who need blood as well and are inviting the Ashland community to roll up their sleeve to help on Wednesday, June 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ashland Optimist Club Building, (511 Optimist Drive). To make an appointment download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, go to or call 1-800-Red Cross and mention/enter sponsor code AshlandMO.

The second drive is the Fourth annual blood drive in memory of Braeden Sconce, July 11 in and 12. On February 4, 2018, Braeden was on his way to his parent’s house to watch his beloved Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. His car spun out on ice, crashed and caught fire.

After receiving 22 units of red blood cells, plus platelets, Braeden was airlifted for surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He eventually passed away from brain injuries on Feb 27. The blood and platelet donations helped give Braeden’s family more time with him and time to preserve his organs for donation. Join us Monday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Callaway Electric Cooperative (1313 Cooperative Drive) in Columbia, and Tuesday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (1100 Virginia Avenue) in Columbia on the campus of the University of Missouri. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, going to or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 22-July 15:




7/12/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Optimist Building, 317 South Old 71 Highway





7/13/2022: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites – Belton, 151 N Mullen Rd

7/14/2022: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 16808 Holmes Road




6/30/2022: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Archer Daniels Midland-Front office admin Bldg., 17700 South Highway T

Health insights for donors 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.    

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at  

Blood drive safety 

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.  

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.