Donations Sought to Combat Severe Shortage of Type O Blood

The American Red Cross (ARC), facing severe shortage of type O blood, is urging type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March.

This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history –- with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the US. 

Fans donate blood or platelets with the ARC, now through March 17, will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses.

Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones.

Additionally, those who come to donate March 7-12 will also receive exclusive Game of Thrones swag including a T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.

A list of the following Valley locations and dates to donate:

Granada Hills

March 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.; March 11: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.; March 15: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.; March 18: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd; March 24: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. John Baptist De La Salle, 10738 Hayvenhurst Ave.; March 30: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.

North Hills

March 13: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., James Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Ave.

Northridge

March 7: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills Lee Hall, 10400  Zelzah Ave.; March 7: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills Lee Hall, 10400 Zelzah Ave.; March 13: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., California State University Northridge Housing, 17950 Lassen St.; March 17: 8 a.m. to  2 p.m., Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place; March 25: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St.

Panorama City

Feb. 28: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.; March 2: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.; March 23: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.; March 28: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.

Reseda

March 18: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, 18605 Erwin St.

Sylmar

March 3: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Didacus Church, 14325 Astoria St.; March 25: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave.; March 26: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Los Angeles Mission College, 13356 Eldridge Ave.

Valley Glen

March 11: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Hall, 5800 Fulton Ave.

Van Nuys

March 1: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Independence High School, 6501 Balboa Blvd.; March 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., County of LA, 7515 Van Nuys Blvd.; March 24: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., ONEgeneration, 17400 Victory Blvd.; March 28: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Casa Loma College, 6725 Kester Ave.

For other available dates and locations in the Valley, or more information, visit the American Red Cross website: RedCrossBlood.org